At the Victorian Moomba Taekwondo Competition at State Netball Hockey Centre, it was Gold for Ronan Keleher in the “Male Junior 48kg Black Belt” category – his first competition in Juniors. Ronan is part of our partnership with the Bacchus Marsh Grammar (BMG) school, offering weekly gym support and personal development. It was Silver and her best fight yet for Ruby De Ruiter in the “Female Cadet 45-47kg” category. The entire competition across all categories featured more than 550 athletes from Victoria and South Australia. Ruby access through WestVic weekly gym sessions and mentoring on occasion by former BMG program athlete Shenae Keleher.
In the last major regatta before next week’s Nationals, our Rowing program girls competed on the Barwon River in the “Head of the Schoolgirls”. In the “Open Coxed Four” event, Loreto’s Laura Foley was again part of the winning crew, while Damascus’ crew (including WestVic-supported Maddie Lamb, Millie Hockey and Erin Gore) again appeared on the podium – third in a photo finish. Ballarat High’s Jayde Watkins also competed in this event. All seven girls, being part the WestVic Rowing program in 2016/2017, had opportunities to train with VIS athletes and coaches pre-season and have strength and conditioning support in-season.
On the bikes, the Jans brothers had a hugely productive trip to Queensland.
Ryan, in the last round of this year’s National Mountain Biking Championships (being the major National Championships race), ran 23rd in the race; coming back from 37th after a crash while he was top 10. Ryan has competed in 7 races across both the “DHI National Series” (6 rounds across Awaba, Thredbo and Mt Beauty) and this weekend’s National Championship in Canungra.
Jake had a two-day training camp with the Victorian and Victorian Dynamites BMX squad in preparation for next month’s National Championships.
Both boys use our weekly gym session service and also have participated in personal development activities across Nutrition, Public Speaking and Sport Psychology.
Highlights at various Track & Field meets, the last before next week’s Nationals, saw results from WestVic’s:
- Julia Bourke –Personal Bests in both the Hammer Throw (59.31m – 3.1m beyond prior PB) and Shot Put (14.52m – 32cm beyond prior PB) at the “Victorian Throwers Meet”, combining Male and Female competitors in a tune-up before Nationals; so no medals awarded. Julia has been part of WestVic’s successful partnership with Bacchus Marsh Grammar, accessing weekly gym support and personal development opportunities.
- Emma Werner continued her comeback from injury, taking Silver at the Tasmanian State Championships with a third PB in the past 6 weeks; setting a 46.93m Hammer Throw to better her prior PB by 12cm, taking her total gains since return to 1.56m.
WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 125 athletes across 20 sports; 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. In 2016, 52 athletes supported by WestVic competed at National level or equivalent in their sport. For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419.