At the past weekend’s Athletics Victoria “Knockouts” competition, Julia Bourke broke the Under 18 Victorian Shot Put record; throwing 14.67m. This comes after her impressive Country Championships performance as an invitational athlete; where she won Gold in the Under 18 Shot Put with a 13.4m throw. Julia also won Silver in Womens Open Shot Put at Countrys. Julia’s program with the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport/Bacchus March Grammar School program re-commences for 2015 with induction, screenings and a welcome luncheon for athletes and parents next Monday. She will receive additional strength and conditioning support as well as technical analysis filming for her coach Fernando Canepa.
Fellow WestVic/Bacchus Marsh Grammar Joel Hennessey has been included in the “World Karate Federation (WKF) Junior Kumite Squad”, with his first training camp being February 21 and 22 in Melbourne. The squad’s selection is based on recent performances, and provides additional training for included athletes while also prioritising its athletes for major tournaments across the globe. Joel has just re-commenced training, and has a busy few weeks ahead with his WKF squad camp, WestVic/Bacchus Marsh Grammar program re-commencing and the first of the year’s major tournaments in the Victorian Championships.
In similar vein to Joel, budding superstar gymnast Hudson Irwin commences his Gymnastics season with the “Team Future” camp at the AIS on February 13 to 16. Like Joel, Hudson has just re-commenced daily training following some intense blocks in the school holidays. Having completed his full-time move to Melbourne on the eve of the school year, Hudson now has this camp at the AIS as his first major activity of 2015. Over four days, Hudson will work with the country’s best coaches and athletes in all apparatus, in preparation for the competition season. Hudson is now a “Level 9 Under” athlete; meaning he will compete against 14 to 17 year olds.
Finally, in the pool, the Ballarat Gold Swimming Club members supported by WestVic backed up from their Australia Day weekend Country Championships with another impressive meet at the Victorian Age Sprint Championships at the weekend. Five of the six athletes supported by WestVic in addition to their club coaching made finals, with these results achieved:
- Winona Hoffmann - 17/18y.o. Breaststroke (emergency for final); 17/18 Freestyle (5th); 17/18 Backstroke (Bronze).
- Maaike Vrij – 16y.o. Breaststroke (5th).
Josh Brien - 14 years Back.
Ben Grima - 11/U years Fly.
Ella McCahon - 15 years Fly.
Matt Jenkins - 16 years Free.
Jed Prouse - 17/18 Back.
- Matt Jenkins - 16y.o. Freestyle (10th); where he also swam a ‘National Time’ – meaning he has now qualified for the National Championships next month.
- Jed Prouse - 17/18y.o. Backstroke.
- Josh Brien – 14y.o. Backstroke (4th).Matt Jenkins - 16 years Free.
Jed Prouse - 17/18 Back.
WestVic Executive Officer Rob Ward congratulated all athletes; “we are thrilled with all of the achievements athletes we support have achieved so far in 2015. For such a young year still, there have been a large number of athletes we support achieve some excellent results. Our support to them continues to enhance and grow, and we look forward to continuing to provide it so the athletes can keep improving these impressive results. We are excited also that a number of our newly signed athletes have already achieved some successes in 2015”.
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.