The competition saw five of Oceania’s best young girls compete for the “Girls Shot Put 3kg Youth” Championship; with Bourke taking the spoils by 1.54m.
Julia is a very well supported athlete, being coached through Fernando Canepa at Western Athletics; as well as through her school, Bacchus Marsh Grammar’s partnership with the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport. Through WestVic, Julia accesses strength and conditioning programming and training support, technique filming and analysis to aid her and her coach. Julia has also participated in musculoskeletal screenings and personal development workshops around Nutrition, Leadership, Marketing onself and Public Speaking at WestVic.
The win represents the first time in some years that an athlete supported by Westvic has won Gold in an International Competition, after three different athletes won Silver in 2014.
The high level performances don’t stop there for WestVic supported athletes, with Wimmera gymnast Hudson Irwin now into his final week of preparations for the Under 17 National Titles which will take place at Hisense Arena in Melbourne next week. Irwin will compete in the Tuesday May 19 and Thursday May 21 evening sessions. Irwin will compete in all apparatus, competing for both individual and team glory.
A squad of 11 athletes were vying for just 6 places in the Victorian team, with Irwin successfully gaining one of these as a 14 year old – a significant achievement given he will be one of the youngest to compete. Irwin was a recent Gymnastics Victoria awards finalist, and has recently made the move to relocate to Melbourne to concentrate on his training with the Melbourne High Performance Centre.
Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward congratulated Bourke on her achievements this week, saying: “We are extremely proud of Julia in both her achievement and the way she goes about her work – she works very hard, utilises the services around her to assist and presents extremely well”. Ward also wishes Irwin well for the coming week: “Hudo is a genuine superstar. He is one of the most driven and organised athletes I’ve met at any age, and much like all of our best athletes, is also first rate in how he presents to the public and represents himself”.
Ward also noted the Academy’s growth in recent years: “Hudo and Julia are just two examples of the many fine athletes we service, again both in how the perform and how they represent. We have 37 of 87 athletes currently supported by WestVic having achieved at National level or better this past year; and I can confidently say they are all terrific talents and people – we are proud they each count us as part of their support system and represent us with distinction”.
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.