At the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Perth, WestVic Academy of Sport supported athletes won four medals among 13 top 10 finishes. The star of the campaign was Special Olympian/Para Athlete Laura Butler, who claimed three bronze medals; doing so in the 100m (with time of 14.86s), 200m (31.13s) and Discus (throwing 10.23m). Laura claimed fourth place in Long Jump (3.29m) and 400m (1m23s), while also participating in Shot Put. Despite being first across the line in some of the running events, Laura won bronze as para-athletes’ results are calculated as a percentage of the World Record for an athlete’s class; given para-athletes will often compete concurrently with athletes in similar classes. In Laura’s case, she achieved third best percentage of World Record in her events.
Liam Campbell claimed the other medal for WestVic supported athletes; taking silver in the Hammer Throw, setting a PB with 51.79m. Liam was terrific to lead after two rounds with his PBs, and the result is an improvement upon his Bronze medal last year. He also competed the Discus event.
Other athletes to compete were: Mack Cooper (4th in Shot Put with 13.64m, 6th in Javelin with 47.35m); Julia Bourke (4th in Shot Put with 13.38m, 6th in Hammer Throw with 48.02m) and Sophie McMinimee (6th in 3000m with a 5-second PB of 10m15s, 10th in 1500mm with 4m44s).
In Tasmania at their State Swimming Championships, Jack Carr (supported via WestVic’s Bacchus Marsh Grammar Program) won gold in the 200m freestyle, silver in 200m butterfly and individual medley and bronze in the 400m individual medley; while Ballarat Gold Swim Club members supported by WestVic’s Swimming program Josh Stahl (200m individual medley, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 100m breastroke) and Aiden Wijbenga (100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle) made a clean sweep of PBs; while Sol Kendall and Isabella Geue also set multiple PBs. Fellow program members Josh Brien and Miette Hopper, as well as Jack, are preparing hard for the Age Nationals at the end of March.
All athletes are supported via a range of services; primarily gym programming and coaching for strength and conditioning, sport psychology, nutrition and other personal development
Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward congratulated all athletes on their achievements; “All of these young athletes have again turned in exceptional performances at a major meet; many of them backing up from great performances in key lead up events. We look forward to continuing to work with them and their supporters to deliver specialist services to help them succeed”.
FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 125 athletes across 24 sports.
For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419.