Rowing athletes supported during the pre-season for 2015/2016 competed at the “Australia Schools Open Rowing Championships” as part of the 2016 Sydney International Rowing Regatta. Highlights were:
- Rob Corden-McKinley and Henry Woodward rowed to third place in the Schoolboys’ Coxed Four A-Final as part of Clarendon College’s crew. Ballarat Grammar’s crew, including Clare Stewart (cox), Ben Trotter, Tom McMullin and Harry Doust ran second in that event’s B-Final.
- Amy Rix and Conor Delahunty were part of Ballarat Grammar’s Schoolgirls’ Coxed Four crew that placed fifth in the A-Final. Milli Bilson coxed and Amity Musgrove rowed as part of Ballarat High’s seventh place finish in that same A-Final.
WestVic Cason Sports Badminton program athletes Josh Gay and Dan Hocking completed their preparation for this weekend’s Under 17 National Championships in Perth by playing the Ballarat Junior Open on Saturday. Dan played in the under 19 draw across singles, double and mixed; ultimately losing hard-fought matches in all events. Josh also played the under 19 event in all disciplines; with his highlight being a win in the doubles. Fellow program members Alan Martin, Matt Snibson, Oliver Watts, Tom Wilkinson and Drusilla Stevens all also took part across under 17 and 19 play; gaining great experience against some of the state’s best talent. WestVic Executive Officer Rob Ward said the tournament will prove to be good experience, despite results not going the way WestVic athletes would’ve wanted; “a number of the guys played in older age groups, and many are new to the high performance side of things being admitted to our program only this year; so it’ll be good for them to see what they need to chase. As for Dan and Josh, they’ve made the 17s state team as bottom-age athletes and played this event in under 19s; so great for them to play and push players much older than them. We can’t wait to see how they go at the Nationals next week. They work very hard, and are well prepared. We’re pleased for them”.
Individual Athlete Members Hudo Irwin (Gymnastics) and Sophie Kurzman (Lawn Bowls) also had good weekends; with Hudo taking out the “Male Junior International Gymnast of the Year” at Gymnastics Victoria’s Awards Dinner, and Sophie playing Singles the State Championships. Sophie had a tough round robin first round, losing to a 16 year old who has played interstate and internationally. The 13 year old who made her Premier League debut for City Oval this year locally competed strongly nonetheless.
Hudo had a magnificent 2015, with his key achievements being: winning the U/15 2015 National Overall Champion; winning U/15 2015 State Championship; and selection to the Australian team for U18 Austrian Cup, who won a team Bronze Medal. Ward credited Hudo for a breakthrough 2015; “He is simply a star. He’s moved to Melbourne to train at a very young age, manages his time very well and does everything asked of him. We were thrilled to see him win National and State titles last year and also win selection to an Australian team as just reward for his hard work and improvement over recent years, where he’s been second or otherwise very close to winning. His future continues to get brighter”. Irwin was also a finalist at in the VicSport Awards earlier in March, for the “Junior Athlete of the Year” category.
FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 125 athletes across 24 sports. For further information, or to find out how a talented athlete you know can get involved with WestVic, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward, on 0417-044-419.