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Wimmera-based athletes will now have greater local access to the support and services of the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport, thanks to a new partnership between the Academy and Horsham College.
FedUni WestVic Academy Executive (WVAS) Officer Corey Saitta said, “Partnering with schools means the Academy, in conjunction with staff at Horsham College, can identify the most talented athletes more easily, and then support them in a way that compliments existing structures. We are delighted to partner with Horsham College and believe that next year will be the first of many years of successful program and service delivery in the Wimmera region”.
The partnership will see a selection of the best performed athletes from Horsham College be offered individually-provided services, whilst WVAS will also provide services to complement the newly-launched elective subject “Peak Performance”.
“The focus of our work at WVAS is to provide services that athletes require but are not currently receiving. In conjunction with Horsham College, we’ll complement the strength and conditioning coaching and provide education to the athletes on subjects including: Diet and Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Personal Excellence, Public Speaking and other topics on a needs basis.
“Importantly, Horsham College, through the management and oversight of Rod Kirkwood, retains the autonomy to select the athletes year-on-year against a previously developed criteria. The school then provides its athlete intake recommendations to the WVAS, which are duly accepted and ratified and then athletes are formally welcomed into the Academy”, Saitta said.
Horsham College Principal, Rob Pyers, also expressed excitement for the new partnership. “We hope this partnership ensures the Wimmera’s best emerging talent across a range of sports can access all of the necessary services for them to reach their potential. We look forward to working with the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport to provide these services”.
Currently, WVAS supports 145 athletes across 24 sports throughout the Ballarat and Wimmera regions of the state; all of whom have access to services in areas including: specialist coaching; strength and conditioning; sport science; sport psychology, nutrition and personal excellence sessions.
FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport today announced that Corey Saitta has been appointed to the role of Executive Officer (EO).
Saitta, who was formerly employed by AFL Victoria, North Melbourne Football Club, Ainslie Football Club, Essendon Football Club, Australian University Sport and more recently as a senior business manager with Employment Services and Recruitment provider Workways Australia Limited, returns to the sports industry on a full time basis.
Saitta also has a Master of Business Administration.
Chris Gleeson, Chair of the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport, said, “The Academy is on the cusp of some very exciting times, much of this due to the dedication and hard work of our Academy staff. With our previous EO Rob Ward accepting a position at Triathlon Victoria, an opportunity has arisen to refocus the role for 2018 and beyond. We were very comfortable with the various applicants and through the interview process found that a number of people could have fulfilled the criteria of the role very successfully.”
In addition, Gleeson said, “Corey brings a wealth of experience in the Ballarat community, sports administration, event management and recruitment to this role with the Board exceptionally happy to be able to hand over the task of guiding the organization through the next stages of its growth.”
“We look forward to continuing our role in providing talented athletes opportunities to grow and develop in all areas,” Gleeson said.
Commenting on his appointment, Saitta, who officially commenced duties on Monday 20th November, 2017, said, “I am very excited to be taking on this role with such an authentic and successful organisation as WestVic Academy of Sport. I have watched and admired its progression over the years and so it is great to now be part of the team.”
He continued, “I am looking forward to playing a major role in the continuing growth and development of the WestVic Academy of Sport in the Ballarat and Wimmera regions."
WestVic had a number of athletes win multiple medals at State, National and World championship events to end a very successful weekend for WestVic athletes.
Sam Rizzo Wheelchair racer and recently crowned Male “WestVic Athlete of the Year” has capped of an amazing week at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland by claiming another 2 bronze medals last night. Rizzo competed in four events as a T54 athlete and impressively medalled in each of them, he won 3 Bronze medals in the 100m, 800m and 1500m while also claiming a Silver in the 400m where he shaved 2 seconds of his personal best time in the event.
While WestVic’s Karate superstars Ben DeBortoli and Max Noble continued a great weekend for WestVic athletes with both Ben and Max earning multiple medals at the 2017 National Karate Championships. Firstly Ben DeBortoli collected Gold in his weight division as well as Silver in the open division, while Max claimed Silver in his weight division and Bronze in the open division. Following their individual successes both Ben and Max team up to win the Gold in the teams event to end a very successful National championships.
WestVic was also well represented at the Victorian State Road Cycling Championships in Glenrowan over the weekend; with Graeme Frislie (BMG program), Shannon Craggill, Stuart Bailey, Jesse Norton, Elizabeth Nuspan (BMG program) and Belinda Bailey all competing at the championships. Belinda Bailey competed in the junior girls 13 age group and finished the weekend with first place in both the time trial and the road race. Belinda took part in the 8km time trial where she crossed the line with a time of 15:56.00 to win by over a minute, she then back up her impressive performance with another first place in the road race, completing the 15km race in 30:05 minutes. While Elizabeth Nuspan also claimed a bronze medal in the junior women 17 age group in the 63km road race with a time of 2:17.52.
WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 140 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 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.
The WestVic “Athlete of the Year” award will be awarded on the 2nd of August; recognising the very best athletes supported by FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport and their achievements for 2016 & 2017. The event will be hosted by the Ballarat Sportsmens Club at the Ballarat Golf Club as the feature of their August dinner.
The “Athlete of the Year” awards showcase some of the outstanding WestVic athletes and their achievements between January 2016 and April 2017. A finalist has been nominated from each sport program within WestVic, while four high achieving individual athlete members are also nominated for the award. This brings the final number of nominees to 15 and from these both a male and female recipient will be awarded.
Since January last year the nominees as a collective have competed in state, national and international competition; amassing 4 medals at international level competition, 16 medals at national level competition and medalling 11 times at state level competitions. These athletes have also achieved many other varying accomplishments as well as being exceptional role models for other WestVic athletes and their communities.
The nominees for the WestVic “Athlete of the Year” award are:
The “Athlete of the year” awards will be hosted by the Ballarat Sportsmens Club who have been significant supporters of WestVic since 2015. The Ballarat Sportsmens Club have been an integral part of sport in the Ballarat region for nearly 60 years, with a number of Olympians and several former AFL/VFL players within their membership. The club plays an important role in promoting Ballarat sport and building connections within the Ballarat sporting community.
For any information on the WestVic “Athlete of the Year” ticketing please contact the Ballarat Sportsmens Club via firstname.lastname@example.org
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 personal development; plus mentoring. In 2016, 52 athletes supported by WestVic competed at National level or equivalent. For further information, contact CEO Rob Ward on 0417 044 419, or visit www.westvicsport.org.au.
Western Victoria’s best young sporting talent will now be able to gain greater support through FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport having Ballarat Renault join as “Platinum” sponsors for 2017.
Ballarat Renault Business Manager Emma De Ruiter said at the launch “Ballarat Renault is excited to partner with WestVic Academy of Sport. When we were first introduced to WestVic, we were very impressed they offer support to talented, determined local athletes across all sports; who otherwise may miss out on vital support and services necessary to help them fulfill their potential. It is a competitive market for sponsorship, and WestVic’s work in giving junior athletes across so many sports a platform to realise their potential is a great fit with Renault’s motto of ‘Passion for Life’”.
WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 130 athletes across 22 sports; with 52 of those athletes having achieved national-level or better competition and training opportunities in the past year. Athletes across all of the 22 sports WestVic is connected with and supporting are represented in those 52 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.
Western Victoria’s regional academy of sport, the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport, has set a new landmark this weekend; with the 50th athlete supported by the organisation reaching national level in the past 12 months.
Ryan Jans was the 50th athlete, being selected into the Mountain Bike Junior Development Squad for Western Victoria following an application process. Participation in the squad includes entry to both Victorian and National major races. The first National series race is January 7 & 8 in Orange, NSW; while the first Victorian series race will be in Castlemaine on December 10. The National series concludes with round seven in March before the National Championships.
Tennis player Ruby Rothman was the 49th athlete, earning a wildcard into the National Claycourt Championships in Canberra. Ruby played the singles, reaching the second round.
Athletes across all of the 22 sports WestVic is connected with and supporting are represented in the 50 athletes attaining national level.
All of these athletes are proudly supported by WestVic through: specialist coaching; weekly strength and conditioning; sport science opportunities; sport psychology, nutrition and other personal development; plus athlete mentoring. FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 127 athletes across those 22 sports.
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.
Matt will support both Talia and I in delivering the work and projects across all portfolios – athlete services and support; finance, human resources and marketing among others. Matt will also be assigned projects to manage. Therefore, you can expect to hear from and liaise with him as you would from Talia and I in the delivery of projects and work to support our athletes and achieve our goals assigned to him.
Matt will be in the office Mondays and Wednesdays as standard (and on other days as required) and at various service delivery and program activities. He can be reached in relation to his work with us via our office line, his mobile (0407 867 316) or via email (email@example.com).
Growing up in Bendigo Matt was heavily involved in sports both through school and local competitions; having played football, volleyball, athletics and competing in cross country events all through his schooling years.
Matt moved to Ballarat in 2010 after finishing high school to study a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Federation University, before transferring into the Bachelor of Sport Management in 2013. Currently, he is in his final year of study, and sought out joining the WestVic Academy of Sport team as an Intern to complete his degree.
As part of his studies at Federation University, Matt completed placements in a variety of roles; including Sports Central as a programs administrator with a particular focus on developing programs for athletes with disabilities. He also completed a placement at Australian University Sports as a Sports Administration and Operations Assistant to the Games Coordinator. He also completed a placement at the Ballarat Basketball Association as a competitions and administration assistant.
When not studying or at WestVic, Matt works part time and is Secretary of the Lismore-Derrinallum Football Club, where he also plays on the weekends.
Upon starting, Matt would like to convey this meesage to all of our stakeholders:
“A big thank you to Rob Ward and Chris Gleeson for giving me the opportunity to work with Westvic Academy of Sport over the next 6 months. Through my various placements I learnt that my passion lies in the development and management of sport at the regional level. Also, working to provide elite level services to some of the best athletes in Western Victoria aligns with my own career aspirations. I look forward to my time working with the WestVic Academy of Sport”.
Please join me in welcoming Matt to the WestVic management team.
Rob Ward – Executive Officer, WestVic Academy of Sport
WestVic Academy of Sport Cason Sports Badminton Program members Josh Gay and Daniel Hocking have won selection into the State Under 17 Team for the Australiasian Championships. These selections come off the back of the boys performance at the weekend in the State Championships.
Josh won 4 singles games on the Saturday; then Sunday along with previous Westvic member Jack Donald in U17 boys doubles, won their group of 4 pairs to make the Semi-Final. The boys played very well & fought hard to go down to the number #1 seed, who went on to win the title. Dan won six of his nine matches across singles and doubles.
As members of the WestVic Academy of Sport Cason Sports Badminton Program, both athletes, along with their fellow squad members, gain access to weekly coaching from former Olympic and Commonwealth Games representatives Rhonda Cator and Andrew Perks. Regular strength and conditioning coaching is provided to all athletes, as well as access to Nutritional information, Sports Psychology relevant to their sport, as well as biomechanical filming in order for them to view their stroke technique.
In other WestVic Academy of Sport news, the organisation held its Annual General Meeting tonight; and toasted marvellous year which saw 115 athletes across 24 sports supported, with a record 47 of those athletes competing at National level or International level. Further, the Academy delivered an estimated 800 services and activities to its athletes; including specialist coaching, strength and conditioning training, sport science testing and analysis, sport psychology, nutrition advice, media skills coaching, small group sessions with Ballarat Olympians, job search and interview support and advocacy to state and national bodies.
The Board was confirmed as unchanged from 2014/2015; with Chris Gleeson remaining as Chair, Tavis Baker as Deputy and John Abraham, Craig Wilding, Rhonda Cator and Gav McGrath rounding out the team. The Board is well-supported by a large network of business people and community leaders; who provide their expertise to strategic projects.
Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward described the year as a golden on all fronts; “We have a terrific athlete cohort who have achieved so many great results this year – it is pleasing to be part of their journey along their pathway. It is also exciting we are supported by such a great Board and Friends of the Board; they help progress and set up the business so we can deliver the services the athletes needs to achieve what they have”.
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
Special Olympics Ballarat and WestVic Academy of sport are proud to announce that their joint partnership is the first of its kind in Australia. Entering its second year, high achieving athletes from Special Olympics Ballarat are given the opportunity to receive elite athlete training and supervision from WestVic.
The FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport provides talented Western Victorian athletes with access to coaching and education programs of excellence; assisting them to reach their full sporting and personal potential and enhancing their chances of state and national representation.
There are over 60 Special Olympics regions in Australia. This link bridges the gap for Special Olympics athletes to be valued as elite level athletes in their own right. It is a significant relationship for the disability sector nationally.
This link was set up after a successful partnership initiative by Special Olympics Ballarat. EO of WestVic Rob Ward was one of the attendees at this event
Special Olympics Ballarat Chairman Stuart Bates said “Rob was quick to follow us up with a proposal for our athletes to become part of their program. Given this type of relationship is the first of its kind for a Special Olympics region, we are very pleased Rob could see the benefits in offering elite training to our athletes. It is a very progressive relationship that will set new standards for Special Olympics nationally. Lachlan Smith from Sports Central has supported this project from the outset. We are grateful for his dedication to our vision”.
Local athlete quotes:
Kez Glenane: I like working with Westvic with Harrison and Joe. They help me build up my muscles and show me new exercises. It helps me with my chosen sport.
Marion McKenzie: being a member of WestVic has been fantastic. My strength has improved incredibly. By going to the gym 3 mornings a week, and thanks to Di's encouragement, my core strength improved so I was able to use my upper body when riding. Consequently my left leg which previously curled up (due to my mild cerebral palsy) was more relaxed. I was able to keep my horse straight and forward. I am sure this was why I was successful at the National Games. I look forward to starting with WestVic again in March. In the meantime I am keeping fit by walking 4 kms every second day and riding my two horses nearly every day. Life is great!
Dom McKendry: I would like to be able to improve my body strength and that will help me swim faster- also my swimming strokes will improve. It will help with my running and strength in soccer too.
Special Olympics Ballarat provides year round sporting opportunities to athletes with an intellectual disability.
Media Enquiries: Stuart Bates 0422 930 077; Rob Ward 0417 044 419
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