Competing in the 100m, 200m, Long Jump and Shot Put, Laura swept all before her to win each event decisively. Laura has had some injury issues over the past 12 months among other challenges; making today’s result so much sweeter. Laura does her gym work with WestVic and is coached by Leanne Hume, while also training with the Western Suburbs Special Olympics club.
WestVic-supported athletes in Track & Field will also competed Internationally in recent days; with Hammer Thrower Emma Werner taking Silver (her first International podium finish) in the Womens Hammer Throw at the IAAF Oceania Games in Fiji,
The competition was the culmination of a great build-up for Emma, who's been injury-free for months now after a hard 2016. In this time, she's put in a huge amount of work in the gym and in the cage to add new parts to her technique. They all helped today, but didn't quite come together in the one throw for a PB; but a 44.80m throw to get that Silver medal is a great reward for Emma's dedication and being the role model athlete for so long.
Emma commented that her focus and the psychological element to her competing were spot-on today, and her gym work gave her greater strength than ever before to overcome small technique flaws to still get great throws in.
Karate Superstars from the Shindo Karate Club in Bacchus Marsh, and proudly supported by WestVic, Max Noble and Ben DeBortoli were knocked out in the early rounds of the Youth World Cup in Croatia over the weekend. The trip was still a very successful one, with boys brining home Bronze medals in Individual event and Silver in Teams event at the Austrian Open.
After this trip, the Australian National Championships will be the last major event before the Junior World Championships. The Worlds are October 25-29 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain; and feature the world's finest junior stars of the sport in each age/weight category. Australia send their top ranked athlete in each category; with Ben and Max going in the 17y.o. 68-76kg and 76kg+ category respectively.
All athletes mentioned in this story are proudly supported by FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport through access to weekly strength and conditioning, personal development and mentoring.
WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 139 athletes across 23 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 of the 125 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, or visit the WestVic Academy of Sport website at www.westvicsport.org.au.