Shot Putter Julia Bourke, member of Western Athletics and member of the Bacchus Marsh Grammar/WestVic Academy of Sport program, has set a new U18 State Shot Put record at the Junior State Championships on the weekend; launching the shot 14.95m to win Gold convincingly. She also won bronze in the U18 Hammer, throwing 44.45m. Julia now has the Senior State Championships as her next target, followed by Junior Nationals in Sydney and Senior Nationals in Brisbane over the next 6 weeks.
Also at the Junior State Championships, new Westvic/BMG athlete Sophie McMinimee won silver in the 1500m; meaning she's now qualified for the junior nationals in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m.
On the gymnastics floor and apparatus, superstar gymnast and proud Westvic member Hudo Irwin from Horsham has finished his four day "team future" camp at the AIS ranked number one in the country for his U16 age group. The camp was a convention of young gymnasts regarded as the best prospects for future senior competition, and involved four days of technical coaching from the nation’s best coaches. Hudson will this weekend attend the Gymnastics Victoria ball as a finalist for “Junior Male Athlete of the Year”.
This weekend coming sees the trifecta of Karate athletes part of the Bacchus Marsh Grammar/WestVic program in Joel Hennessy and newcomers to WestVic Max Noble and Ben DeBortoli complete their first World Karate Federation training camp at Victoria University in Melbourne. The boys will have lots of time on technical training as their season is about start; with the first major meet being the State Titles.
In other WestVic Individual Athlete news, Basketballer Chloe Bibby was called up to the WNBL squad for the Dandenong Rangers for the weekend’s road trip to Adelaide and Perth; while Emma Werner will throw her hammer in this weekend’s zone final as her final preparation for the Victorian Championships; where she needs to add 28cm to her PB to qualify for the National Championships.
Matt Jenkins - 16 years Free.
Jed Prouse - 17/18 Back.
WestVic Executive Officer Rob Ward congratulated all athletes; “we are thrilled with the continued high achievements of athletes we support have achieved so far in 2015 – particularly as we see new names rise to add to our established stars; this week being Max, Ben and Sophie. With all of our programs now started for the year, we expect to rejoice in many successes in the near future, with lots of sports having major competitions over the next few weeks. Good luck to all of our athletes, and keep up the good work”.
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.