Carroll will compete in the pair’s event with regular team mate Sam Von Einem, whilst also competing in the singles events. In a high class field of competitors, good results will assist Carroll in his bid for a place in the Australian Paralympic Team to compete at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio. Only one wildcard is given for this event, which Carroll is keen to get his hands on.
A member of the WestVic Academy of Sport Table Tennis program, Carroll trains with his team mates at the Ballarat Table Tennis Centre. They are all under the guidance of coach Alois Rosario, who will also be in Spain in his capacity as the Paralympic Preparation Program (PPP) Assistant coach.
WestVic Academy of Sport Executive Officer Rob Ward wished Rory well this week: “Rory is a model athlete with us, taking advantage of the extra strength and conditioning sessions offered to him as well as the workshops around psychology, nutrition and being an elite athlete. Rory is performing better than ever and we are very excited at the promise Spain holds in his bid for Rio. We wish him, Sam and the team well”.
In other news around WestVic supported athletes:
- Hockey star Max Ferrier has been selected in the Mens Victorian Country team to compete at the National Country Championships in Wollongong. Held from 8 – 15 August at the Illawarra Credit Union Hockey Stadium, Ferrier will be playing against the Australia’s best Country players. Selection in this team is based off of his solid performance at the recent Victorian Country Hockey Championships in Melbourne.
- Basketballer Sam Short has spent the past week in China at the Nike All-Asia Development Camp. AS one of only three Australian’s participating in the week long camp, Short received advanced training and coaching, from a collection of Asia’s best coaching staff.
- Shooting star Tom Pilgrim competed in the State Champion of Champions shoot over the weekend against 52 other shooters, only two others of which were Juniors. Held at the Werribee Victorian Clay Target Shooting Club, Tom was 3 shots short of shooting off for the title.
- Cyclist Sam Warren competed in the Shepparton Junior Tour on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. The National Road Championships will be held at this venue in September, and a large number of riders from across the country participated in this race.
With a tough training block just finished, Sam was below his full capacity, and ran midfield throughout the races. There are two more major events before the Nationals in August.
The Academy services 88 athletes across 23 different sports, with 41 having competed at National level in the past 12 months.
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.