Daniel Hocking has been selected into the "Badminton Australia U17 Youth Development Squad". Membership of the squad provides access to International training camps and coaching from Badminton Australia while creating opportunity to be more involved in international tournaments toward representing Australia. Daniel has been part of the WestVic Cason Sports Badminton Program (having done so for three years to date), providing coaching, strength and conditioning, nutrition, sport psychology among other support services.
The week after the Head of the Lake brought the Rowing Victoria State Championships at Nagambie, where all seven WestVic-supported Rowers took part in both the Female Under 21 and Open Coxed-Four races.
Loreto’s Laura Foley was again part of the winning crew for both races, while Damascus’ crew (including WestVic-supported Maddie Lamb, Millie Hockey and Erin Gore) again appeared on the podium – second in the Under 21 event and third in the Open event. Ballarat High’s Jayde Watkins also competed in both events.
All seven girls, being part the WestVic Rowing program in 2016/2017, had opportunities to train with VIS athletes and coaches pre-season and have strength and conditioning support in-season.
The second weekend of the Victorian Track & Field Championships saw great results from WestVic athletes:
- Julia Bourke – GOLD in both Under 20 and Open Female Shot Put plus Under 20 Hammer, then 4th in Open Hammer. Julia has been part of WestVic’s successful partnership with Bacchus Marsh Grammar.
- Sam Rizzo – GOLD in mixed-category Wheelchair Sprint 800m and SILVER in the 200m. These results followed Sam’s results on the first weekend - GOLD 1500m and SILVER in both 100m & 400m
- Alanna Peart – GOLD in Under 15 Female 3000m Walk, setting a new PB. She’ll now focus on this weekend’s Little Athletics State Titles, where she’ll aim for a sixth straight Walking crown.
- Emma Werner continued her comeback from injury, placing 5th in the Open Female Shot Put.
- Sophie McMinimee – 5th in Under 17 Female 3000m (adding to her 6th in 1500m in the first weekend); brother Ethan 6th in the Under 16 Male 3000m (adding to his 9th in 1500m in the first weekend).
Also in Track and Field news, Special Olympic Sprinter and Thrower Laura Butler received the exciting news that she’s going to the “Special Olympics Australia Junior National Games” on the Gold Coast this July. This news comes as a huge boost for Laura; who’s had a difficult season with injuries, only just able to resume training in recent weeks. She’ll be supported by WestVic as she increases her training back to full load. Laura will look to match her efforts at the 2016 Australian Junior Athletics Championships, where she won three bronze medals; the 100m, 200m and Discus.
WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 125 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 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.