Hammer Thrower Emma Werner will represent Australia for a 4th time at this year's Oceania Games.
The Oceania Athletics Championships is a biennial competition that convenes national federations of the Oceania Athletics Association. This year's Oceanias will be held in Suva in Fiji from June 28-July 1, featuring competitions across able-bodied and para-athletes aged under 18, under 20 and open.
Emma is a member of WestVic Academy of Sport, joining as the very first “Individual Athlete” member, since 2012.
Emma has accessed over that time: strength and conditioning programming & coaching, sport science in testing and biomechanics, nutrition consultation, sport psychology, mentoring from elite athletes and other personal development. Emma today plays a key role in mentoring and role modelling for fellow WestVic athletes.
Emma's Mum Fiona, who has also played a pivotal role in WestVic’s development since 2012, has been selected to officiate. Fiona is a regular at local, state and national competition as an official; including mentoring local officials annually at the NT State Titles.
Emma is our 5th athlete into an Australian Squad or Overseas competition this year, after Rory Carroll, Dan Hocking, Ronan Keleher and Sam Rizzo.
Rowing star Laura Foley has been selected to represent Victoria in the Junior Coxed Four. The crew will row at National Selection trials at the Sydney International Rowing Centre later this month; with a chance to represent Australia at the World Rowing Junior Championships on August 2-6 in Trakai Lithuania.
Laura trialled for the Pathway Eight crew last week having made it through to the top 12 from initial applications, and was named first emergency. This backed up her effort last year to make the top 16 - and she's eligible again in 2018. Training began this morning for Laura, whose dedication and talent have seen her and her Loreto College Senior 1sts crew have a marvellous season - Bronze in A-Final at Nationals, Winners at the State Championships and the Head of the Lake.
Laura was part of the first WestVic Rowing program in 2015 and remained in the program ever since, where she's accessed: weekly strength and conditioning, personal development in psychology and nutrition and rowed with Australian representatives and been coached by VIS and Elite Melbourne Club coaches.
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.