This time, Rory teamed with Taipei’s Ta Yu Huang, rather than regular team mate Australian Sam von Einem. Rory also played in the singles draw.
In the initial group stage, the team ranked second after beating the Thai team but falling to the Hong King team. At the semi-final stage, Japan’s team were too good for Rory and Ta Yu; but they bounced back to defeat Hong Kong to take the Bronze medal.
In the singles event, Rory was again second in his group after defeating Hong Kong but losing to Japan; before losing to Hong Kong in the quarter finals.
Rory was also part of the Australian team that was welcomed by the Australian Ambassador to Thailand, Paul Robilliard. The team also spent the days leading up to the event training with the Thai para team and visiting a disability organisation of some 100 children with cerebral palsy.
Rory has been supported by WestVic Academy of Sport for 4 years, in that time having benefitted from service such as: weekly strength and conditioning, sport psychology and nutrition workshops. He is one of 51 athletes (out of 125) supported by WestVic who’ve competed at National level in the past 12 months.
Fellow athletes supported by WestVic who are at National level also achieving big results this past week include: Jessica Robertson (Australian Motor-X Championship at Renmark South Australia, only girl to qualify among the boys; earning final result of 33rd overal); Josh Jolly (3rd in 12 and under Crusier BMX race at South Australian Championships); and Shannon Craggill and Elizabeth Nuspan (National Junior Track Cycling Series in Sydney).
Athletes across all of the 22 sports WestVic is connected with and supporting are represented in those 51 athletes; all of whom access services such as: specialist coaching; weekly strength and conditioning; sport science opportunities; sport psychology, nutrition and other personal development; plus athlete mentoring.
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.