Irwin will head to Austria from November 7 to 16 to compete as part of a four-man team in the “Austrian Future Cup”, held in the city of Linz. The meet is 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.
The selection is culmination of a magnificent year in competition for Irwin, who achieved:
- Winning the “All Around” Championship for Level 9 Under 15s at the Australian Gymnastics Championships held at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena in May 2015. After a placing of second best Australian and third best overall in last year’s corresponding competition, Hudson went one better this year after a marvelous performance in the “Individual Finals” event; outperforming the opposition so much that he made up the 2.433 point deficit he had after the “Team Event”, which saw the scores achieved there go to both the “Team Event” and the “All Around Champion”. The final scores saw Hudson with 143.25 points, ahead of second place’s 139.933.
- Being crowned the Victorian All Round Champion at in the 2015 Victorian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne. To achieve this, Hudson won three of the six individual apparatus events, placed second on two, and third on another in the Level 9 Under 15 division. Like, the Nationals, Hudson was runner-up in 2014 and winner in 2015.
WestVic Academy of Sport Executive Officer Rob Ward congratulated Irwin, adding that “he’s a role model athlete for his dedication, drive and personability. We have no doubt this will be the first of many Australian teams Hudson is selected on to; provided he keeps improving and stays injury-free”. 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.