Sam Rizzo Wheelchair racer and recently crowned Male “WestVic Athlete of the Year” has capped of an amazing week at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland by claiming another 2 bronze medals last night. Rizzo competed in four events as a T54 athlete and impressively medalled in each of them, he won 3 Bronze medals in the 100m, 800m and 1500m while also claiming a Silver in the 400m where he shaved 2 seconds of his personal best time in the event.
While WestVic’s Karate superstars Ben DeBortoli and Max Noble continued a great weekend for WestVic athletes with both Ben and Max earning multiple medals at the 2017 National Karate Championships. Firstly Ben DeBortoli collected Gold in his weight division as well as Silver in the open division, while Max claimed Silver in his weight division and Bronze in the open division. Following their individual successes both Ben and Max team up to win the Gold in the teams event to end a very successful National championships.
WestVic was also well represented at the Victorian State Road Cycling Championships in Glenrowan over the weekend; with Graeme Frislie (BMG program), Shannon Craggill, Stuart Bailey, Jesse Norton, Elizabeth Nuspan (BMG program) and Belinda Bailey all competing at the championships. Belinda Bailey competed in the junior girls 13 age group and finished the weekend with first place in both the time trial and the road race. Belinda took part in the 8km time trial where she crossed the line with a time of 15:56.00 to win by over a minute, she then back up her impressive performance with another first place in the road race, completing the 15km race in 30:05 minutes. While Elizabeth Nuspan also claimed a bronze medal in the junior women 17 age group in the 63km road race with a time of 2:17.52.
WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 140 athletes across 20 sports; all of whom access services such as: specialist coaching; weekly strength and conditioning; sport science opportunities; sport psychology, nutrition and other personal development; plus athlete mentoring. In 2016, 52 of the 125 athletes supported by WestVic competed at National level or equivalent in their sport. For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419, or visit the WestVic Academy of Sport website at www.westvicsport.org.au.