Local athletes across many sports have had a busy weekend claiming medals internationally, nationally and locally.
Local BMX star Jake Jans has placed 1st overall in the Junior State BMX series in the U11 Boys division. Jake made it through to every round’s final he competed in. In the 7 race series, the top 6 results count toward the standings. A full summary of Jake’s results reads: Round 1 Ballarat: 3rd; Round 2 Wyndham: DNS; Round 3 Lilydale: 1st; Round 4 Wyndham: 1st; Round 5 Border: 3rd; Round 6 Park Orchards: 4th; Round 7 Warrnambool: 3rd.
In addition to the tournament, there was also a training camp hosted by world class karate champions of both Kumite and Kata disciplines. Joel spoke highly of the training “The training camp element of the trip was really good. The activities were very technical and I learnt many ways to use techniques to better my fighting style.”
Local Boxing phenom Dylan Mallia at the weekend competed in the U19 Australian Boxing Championships, making it to the final of his 91kg heavyweight class; finishing second to Damien Vaughan of NSW. Dylan was also the runner up last year for the U17 heavyweight category.
Anna Santurini, a member of the WestVic Tennis Program, last week climbed into the top 25 for her birth year; qualifying her for Tennis Victoria’s “Player Support Program”. An exclusive program offered to top 10 athletes of birth year, or country athletes in the top 25. As part of this program, Anna will attend three training camps at Melbourne park over the remainder of 2016. Sunday 29th of June, Sunday 11th of September and Sunday the 13th of November.
WestVic Golfer Josh Kelly will compete in the School Sports Victoria State finals for years 10, 11 and 12 on Monday the 23rd of May. Josh qualified for this tournament after placing second at his regional tournament in Horsham at the weekend. Fellow WestVic Golfer Amy Leeson this weekend plays in the Golf Victoria Division 2 Pennant Grand Final for Southern Golf Club. Amy goes into the final ranked third of all competitors for matches and points won this season.
Hockey player Mitch Braiden, a member of the WestVic-Bacchus Marsh Grammar program has been selected for the U18 State 1st team to compete at Nationals in the July School Holidays.
All athletes are supported via a range of services; primarily gym programming and coaching for strength and conditioning, sport psychology, nutrition and other personal development. Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward congratulated these athletes on their achievements; “We look forward to continuing to work with them and their supporters to deliver specialist services to help them succeed”.
FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 116 athletes across 19 sports.
For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419.