Irwin participated in the Austria “Austrian Future Cup” at the weekend, held in the city of Linz. The meet was an Under 18 event, and will give those Gymnasts in the team vital International experience as they strive to one day make Senior Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams. Irwin is joined in the team by two Queenslanders and one West Australian.
Hudson and the Australian Team achieved the following:
- The Australian Team Won Bronze, finishing 3.850 points behind Silver medallists Italy; scoring 227.500. Japan won Gold.
- Hudson finished 5th overall in the "Individual All-Around" event; just 0.250 points off a Silver medal, 0.150 off Bronze and 0.100 off 4th. Hudo set Personal Bests in Horizontal and Parallel Bars, on his way to third and second in those events respectively.
- Hudson also ranked second for his pet apparatus; being floor.
- Medals were not awarded for each individual apparatus in the “all-around” individual competition; only rankings – meaning Hudson had three top three rankings in individual competition to go with his team Bronze medal.
WestVic Academy of Sport Executive Officer Rob Ward congratulated Irwin, adding that “all of his achievements were after poor sleep on the flights over and an interrupted final preparation overall as a result - not bad for his first overseas trip to deal with that and still perform so well. Add in that he is significantly younger than his team mates and competition (it was an Under 18 meet and he is just 15); and the events results prove more than ever that Hudo's future in very very bright”.
FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport has supported Hudson since 2013 via provision of Sport Psychology, Media Skills/Public Speaking training and Advocacy and Promotion.
FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 102 athletes across 24 sports. Hudson becomes the sixth athlete supported by to compete in an International competition in 2015.. Additionally, there are 50 athletes who have competed in National competition 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.