Athletes supported by the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport combined to win 21 medals; 8 Gold, 5 Silver and 8 Bronze. Highlight achievements are:
- Julia Bourke won Gold in the U/20 Hammer Throw, with 48.03m; and Gold in U/20 Shot Put, with 12.98m. She has now qualified for Junior and Open Nationals in both events.
- Sam Rizzo won the trifecta of Gold in the T54 U/16 100m, 200m and 400m Wheelchair track racing; meaning has qualified for Junior Nationals in all 3 events.
- Laura Butler won 6 medals total; with Gold in 200m and 400m; Silver in 100m and Long Jump and Bronze in Shot Put and Discus – all wins coming in the T20 U/16 category for athletes with an intellectual disability. Laura has qualified for Junior Nationals in all 6 events.
- Liam Campbell won Gold in U/17 Hammer Throw, with 50.01m; and Silver in U/17 Discus, with 32.00m. Liam will compete in both at the Junior Nationals.
- Mack Cooper won Silver in U/18 Shot Put, with 13.30m; and Bronze in U/18 Javelin, throwing 47.73m. Mack will also head to Perth for the Junior Nationals in both events.
- Bree Heiden won Silver in U/16 Javelin, with 29.96m. She has qualified for Junior Nationals in both Javelin and Hammer Throw.
- Lewis Cain won Bronze in U/20 Long Jump (6.45m) and Pole Vault (3.40m – PB); great results as he looks to win a US College scholarship later this year.
- Sophie McMinimee won Bronze in the double of 1500m and 3000m; meaning she is also qualified for Perth.
- Abby Bicknell won Bronze in Javelin; one of her first Athletics Victoria meets.
All athletes are supported via a range of services; primarily gym programming and coaching for strength and conditioning development, filming and technique analysis to support their coaches for their events, and sport psychology.
Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward congratulated all athletes on their achievements; “All of these young athletes are not only great talents, but great people – we have been working with most of them for at least 12 months now, and the improvement over time is a credit to them and in part to the people and activities we are able to introduce them to. If we are responsible for a portion of their improvement, and that keeps them progressing, we’ve done our job. With these results, it’s safe to say we’ve done our job. We are thrilled for them primarily”.
FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 122 athletes across 24 sports.
For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419.