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.
Both boys did very well at the recent National selection camp, and faced a nervous wait until today's news. The build-up between now and October will feature for both:
- Youth World Cup in Croatia (2nd time Ben, 4th Max) in June.
- Austrian Open & training camps in Europe in June.
- Training camp with Australian Team.
- Australian National Championships in August.
Both boys medalled at this year's Australian Open; their only major event in 2017 to date. Ben won Gold in age/weight and Silver in Open category; while Max (in his first event of any kind for some months after injury) won Silver in age/weight.
Both boys are in their third year being supported by WestVic Academy of Sport; WestVic having invested heavily in personal development and sport psychology, and have assisted Ben in the weight room this year. Both boys were introduced to, and first supported by WestVic via, Bacchus Marsh Grammar's "Elite Sport" program, a very successful partnership.
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.