At the Under 17 Badminton Nationals, held in Perth from Easter until April 1, locals Josh Gay and Dan Hocking achieved the following results:
- Dan won 11 of his 14 matches across singles, doubles and mixed doubles in the “June Bevan Trophy”; only losing one match per discipline. Then into the Australasian Championships, Dan won 4 of 9 matches; teaming with Josh for Boys Doubles.
- Josh won 7 of 11 matches across the three disciplines in the “June Bevan Trophy”; then winning 4 of 9 matches at the “Australasian Championships”.
In Adelaide at the Age National Swimming Championships in Sydney, Jack Carr and Josh Brien capped off marvelous seasons with these results:
- Josh competed in 200m and 100m backstroke and butterfly, placing between 20th and 30th of all competitors in each event. This was the first nationals Josh had qualified for four events.
- Jack competed in 50m and 100m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 200 individual medley; highlighted by a 15th in the 200m individual medley; a superb effort to get into four events at his first nationals.
In Sydney were the Open National Athletics Championships, with stalwarts Emma Werner and Julia Bourke competing to achieve these distances in their throws; with Lewis Cain in the U20 Decathlon:
- Julia threw 51.28m to finish 13th (9th of the Australians) in the Hammer; and 13.33m to finish 6th in the Shot Put.
- Emma threw 41.45m to run 21st (14th of the Australians) in the Hammer; coming off injury.
- Lewis ran 10th, with 5321 points; a great effort after getting hurt in Pole Vault last year.
At Mt Buffalo for the Australian Mountain Climb Cycling Championship, Sam Warren moved up to the U17 category, and couldn’t defend his 2015 U15 crown; having an off day after a great preparation. The race consisted of 20km flat before a 24km climb.
Locally in Ballarat, many athletes from the WestVic Tennis program competed in the Ballarat Regional Junior Tour Championship, earning these results:
- James O’Sullivan won the 12 and Under Singles; also winning the Doubles.
- Megan O’Beirne was runner-up in both the 12 and Under Singles and Doubles (partnering fellow WestVic Tennis program athlete Milla Fraser).
- Hugh McManus finished fourth in the 14 and Under Singles
- Harry Wills, Tayte Fraser, Matthew O’Sullivan, Max Olver, Josh Van Den Hoek and Joe Freeman also competed across various disciplines; all showing improvement.
- Bacchus Marsh Grammar Program athlete Caleb Noonan also featured at the tournament; making the quarter finals of the 14 and Under Singles and Doubles.
- Ruby Rothman made the second round of three tournaments: Bendigo McDonald’s Gold JT, BreakPoint Analysis State Lead-In and the Victorian Claycourt Championships.
- Tom Harrington played the Swan Hill Grasscourt Championship; finishing runner-up in the 12 and Under Boys Singles.
- James O’Sullivan also competed in the Bendigo McDonald’s Gold JT; losing in the semi-final of the 12 and Under boys singles, but taking out the doubles.
In Golf, Amy Leeson has been dominating the Melbourne Sandbelt courses, winning the Huntingdale Junior Open and then winning her Senior Pennant matches (representing Southern Golf Club) at the National (7&6) and Royal Melbourne (5&4).
This coming week, Rower Amity Musgrove will feature in the Victorian “Junior Pathway Eight” crew taking on the best eights from across the country at the Penrith Rowing Centre; for a spot in the Australian Pathway Junior Eight, with an opportunity to go to the World Championships later this year.
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 22 sports.
For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419.