DeBortoli, competing in the Under 14/15 70kg weight division and the Under 14/15 Open weight division; fought very well to take Bronze in the Under 70kg weight division – a marvellous achievement and an awesome effort. Noble fought well but didn’t come away with a medal; but can hold his head high after some great efforts.
Hennessy, competing in the Kumite Male Junior 76kg weight division; won his first 2 rounds, unfortunately just losing in the 3rd. He came back on repecharge for bronze but lost again - coming 7th place out of 22 international competitors. His coaches were thrilled with the result, commenting that there was no better athlete out there than him only hungrier, and that Joel was the best junior/under 21, having gone the furthest in the competition.
All three now turn attention to Nationals, which are only a few weeks away.
In other news around WestVic supported athletes:
- Bacchus Marsh Grammar Program Member Mitch Braiden won a Silver as Captain of his team at the Victorian Junior Hockey Championships, after the team went down in a shootout in the Gold Medal game. Mitch personally had a terrific week, winning the best and fairest for his team. Mitch now turns his attention to the School Sport Australia Under 16 Hockey Championships; to be held in Perth in August – Mitch’s 3rd state team for 2015. Mitch is supported by WestVic through the Bacchus Marsh Grammar Program with strength and conditioning plus sport science services.
- Cason Sports Badminton Program Member Dan Hocking has been selected into the Victorian 2nd team for the U15 Badminton National Championships, taking place in September. Dan earns selection based on his performances in the mandatory ‘state selection’ tournament recently, as well as in a range of other recent state-level tournaments. The Nationals will be held in Adelaide. Also featuring in the team from the WestVic Cason Sports Badminton Program is Head Coach Rhonda Cator, who will be Head Coach of the Victorian 2nd team. Rhonda is a 3-time Olympian and has served in many Badminton Australia High Performance roles since her playing days ended, as well as being the WestVic Cason Sports Badminton Program Coordinator and Head Coach since the Academy’s 2003 inception. Dan is supported by WestVic through the Badminton Program, which includes: weekly coaching, weekly strength and conditioning, nutrition workshops, sport psychology and sport science services. In other Badminton news Josh Gay won the A Grade Doubles Tournament with hitting partner and part time WestVic Coach Joel Findlay.
- Tennis Sisters Jess and Steffi McDonald played the Bendigo Junior AMT and OJT tournaments, with Jess winning the 14 and Under Girls Singles Consolation draw after being knocked out in the second round of the main draw. Jess also made the semi-finals of the 14 and Under Girls Doubles. As for Steffi, she won the Consolation Girls 16 and Under Singles after being knocked out in the third round of the main draw after being seeded seventh. The sisters were joined at the Bendigo Tournament by fellow WestVic Tennis Program athletes Anna Santurini and Ruby Rothman, who both played the 12 and Under Girls Singles. Anna was seeded sixth and made the quarter finals while Ruby was seeded seventh and made the semi-finals. The Tennis program runs a quarterly training camp with on-court activities, and workshops in nutrition and psychology.
- Further in Tennis, a number of athletes from the Tennis Program took on the Tennis Ballarat Championships. Hugh McManus played both the 12 and 14 and Under Boys Singles, seeded first in both draws and coming away with a runner-up and semi-final result respectively. Matt O’Sullivan played the 14 and Under Boys Singles, was seeded fifth and made the quarters. Conlon Love made the quarters in the 14 and Under Boys Singles as an unseeded player. Broden Haintz rounded our WestVic representation in the 14 and Under Boys Singles, making the second round as a sixth seed. James O’Sullivan joined Hugh in the 12 and Under Boys Singles, was seeded second and made the semi-finals. Tynan Haintz played a lone hand in a five man round robin draw in 16 and Under Boys Singles – finishing as top ranked player.
- While the Tennis athletes took on Ballarat and Bendigo, WestVic’s Golfers played the Warrnambool Junior Tournament; turning in some consistent results in very hard conditions over the two days. The best result was Callum Wellwood-Kane winning the overall 36-hole Stableford with a points score of 29 and 35. For the other boys their handicap scores were: Josh Partington shot 88 and 81, Archie Bissinella shot 76 and 84, Cooper Gillett shot 73 and 86, Shannon Dawkins shot 78 and 69. Nick Canny shot 94 and 87, and Mitch Thomas shot 73 and 77. The WestVic Golf Program, supported by Golf Victoria and Ballarat District, provides monthly training camps with coaching, strength and conditioning and variety of personal development workshops.
- Cyclist Sam Warren this week heads of to the Eildon Junior Tour, as he continues his build up to Nationals in September. This tour is over three stages in two days. This is the final major junior tour of the season, with Sam having been solid at both Ararat and Shepparton. After Eildon is the State Championships and then on to Nationals. Sam is supported by WestVic through the Cycling Program, where he has a monthly training camp, gym program as well as nutrition and psychology workshops.
The Academy services 106 athletes across 23 different sports, with 51 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.