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The WestVic Academy of Sport will provide talented athletes with access to coaching, sport science and education programs, assisting them to reach their full sporting and personal potential and enhance their access to pathways to State and National Level.
Well done to Tennis Program member Jess McDonald; part of the Victorian Foundation Cup team who finished runner-up. Jess won most improved player after not dropping a set. From everyone at WestVic Academy of Sport; well done Jess!!!
Media Release: “Carroll to compete at National Championships” DATE: Thursday 22 January 2015 Talented Ballarat Table Tennis player Rory Carroll will this weekend compete in the National Athletes with Disability Table Tennis Championships in Hobart, Tasmania. The championships run from 23-27 January at the Northern Suburbs Table Tennis Centre at the Hobart Showgrounds, with athletes from across the country vying for National titles across several classification groups. Carroll will compete in the Class 11 Men's singles; the Open Men's singles where he will compete against all other classification groups; and the Class 11 teams for Victoria. The Class 11 athletes are all athletes with an Intellectual Impairment. His biggest challengers will come from the number 3 ranked player in the world, Sam von Einem from South Australia, and Queenslander Ashley Parrott. Over the 5 day tournament, Carroll will potentially play up to 15 matches, and will be putting all his practice and training to use. Carroll is a member of the WestVic Academy of Sport (WVAS) Table Tennis Program, and receives weekly training sessions, strength and conditioning training, Sports Psychology sessions, and Nutritional advice. Alongside Carroll at the tournament will be WVAS Table Tennis Coach Alois Rosario in his capacity as the Paralympic Preparation Program (PPP) Assistant coach. Rosario trains Carroll and his fellow Academy athletes at the Ballarat Table Tennis Centre. In other Academy athlete news briefly: • Emma Werner will this weekend compete at the 2015 Victorian Country Championships. These championships will be held at LaTrobe University Bendigo Athletics Track from 23-25 January. Werner will be competing in her pet event, Hammer Throw, and will be using this meet as preparation for her upcoming competition schedule at the Victorian State Championships and the New Zealand National Championships in March and the Australian National Championships in April. All these will culminate in the possible selection in the Oceania Championships in June. Also competing are four of the newest individual athletes to join WestVic, in Lewis Cain, Tyson Stanley, Liam Campbell and Kyle Postlethwaite. All four of these athletes are coached by Leanne Hume. • Basketballers Chloe Bibby and Sam Short have been selected into their respective Victoria Country teams for their upcoming National Championships; to be held in the term one school holidays. Between now and then, both will have weekly training with their state teams. • Gymnast Hudson Irwin will again head to Canberra from February 13 to 16 for a camp with the very best young gymnasts from across Australia; this time being invited to the “Team Future” camp, especially for the best of the best young talent. Irwin attended a similar camp in February 2014, finishing ranked as the second best athlete in his age group in the country. The following weekend Hudson will join his two fellow nominees for the “Young Male Gymnast of the Year” at the Gymnastics Victoria awards.
Well done to BMG program athlete and "extra support program" athlete Micth Braiden, who was part of the U15 Victorian Indoor Hockey Boys team; who won their tournament that was held last weekend/earlier this week. Mitch was part of the team and had a great tournament. He is stoked to get a Gold medal at a National tournament. Well Done Mitch!
The WestVic Academy of Sport office will be closed from Wednesday 10 December 2014 and will re-open on Monday 19 January 2015. During this time, Academy staff will have no access to emails and phone, and all correspondence will be replied to on our return to the office. We would like to wish all athletes, coaches, parents and families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We trust the holiday period will be an enjoyable and festive season, and that all involved are safe and healthy throughout the holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Best regards, Rob and Kelly
Congratulations to Josh Gay and Daniel Hocking on their results from the weekends Protech Victorian Junior State Badminton Titles. Josh competed in the Boys Under 15 Singles and Doubles, winning 5 games, with 2 of these very tough 3 set matches. Josh also competed in the doubles, with partner Thomas Crothers. The pair were able to hold their own against State team players, taking a set off them in a three set match. Daniel competed in the Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles Under 15 divisions, in his first appearance at a State level tournament. HIs best results came in the Mixed Doubles with partner Temika Aimee Gay, and Boys Doubles with partner Thomas Webster, where they came close to wins in both divisions. Congratulations to both athletes on their involvement in these State Titles!
WestVic Academy of Sport: Cason Sports Badminton Program members Josh Gay and Daniel Hocking will this weekend compete at the Protech Victorian Junior State Titles. Held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November, Gay and Hocking will be competing for the title of Victorian Champion in their respective events. Gay will compete in the 15/Under age group in the Boys Singles and Boys Doubles, and Hocking will compete in the 15/Under age group in the Boys Singles; Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Gay and Hocking will compete against each other in the Singles and Doubles competition; Gay pairing with Thomas Crothers in the Boys Doubles, and Hocking to compete alongside Thomas Webster and Temika Aimee Gay in the Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles respectively. Earlier this year, Gay defeated Hocking to claim the Under 15 Singles and Doubles crown at the Ballarat Closed Championship. Gay won the final of the Boys singles, defeated Hocking. 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, Stuart Brehaut 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. Good luck to Josh and Daniel at the upcoming tournament!
Congratulations to Bacchus Marsh Grammar athletes on the following results: Julia Bourke recently competed at the 2014 All Schools Track and Field Championships which were held at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne. Julia won the Under 17 Womens Shot Put, setting a new Victorian record of 13.92m, beating the previous record of 12.53m. Julia also competed in the Under 17 Womens Hammer Throw, coming in second place with a distance of 43.57m, 2.25m behind the winner. These are both great results from Julia. Steph Storey recently competed at the Victorian Age Short Course Championships at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. She made the final of the Girls 16 Year Old 100 shortcourse Metre Butterfly, and was an alternate starter in the Girls 16 year old 100 shortcourse metre Freestyle. Congratulations to Steph on these results!
Ballarat Badminton Association will hold its Singles and Doubles Championships over the coming two Wednesdays. The Singles Champion will be crowned on Wednesday 19 November and the Doubles Champion to be crowned on Wednesday 26 November. Both events will be held at the Ken Kay Badminton Stadium on Dowling Street, Wendouree. Members of the WestVic Academy of Sport: Cason Sports Badminton Program will be entered into both events, with these championships being a continuation of the currently running Singles tournament at the Stadium. Athletes are expected to use this tournament in preparation for the upcoming ProTech Victorian Junior State Titles held on November 29 and 30 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Several athletes will be in contention for State Titles at these Championships. Entries are open until Friday 14 November for the Singles Championships, and Friday 21 November for the Doubles Championships. Entries for the Junior State Titles are now closed.
Media Release: “WestVic Academy of Sport Tennis program application open” DATE: Sunday 9 November 2014 Western Victoria’s future Tennis stars have a terrific opportunity to further develop in 2015, with applications now open for positions with the WestVic Academy of Sport Tennis program. The WestVic Academy of Sport and Tennis Victoria together aim to provide a service to the young and aspiring talented junior Tennis players in the region to complement the daily and weekly training athletes do with their private tennis coach; ensuring athletes have as much support as they can possibly have in their tennis pursuits. The program is delivered through four training camps (1 day, 1 per school term) which include two hitting sessions and an off-court activity (access to a musculo-skeletal screening which leads to a personalised strength and conditioning program; nutrition and sports psychology sessions; as well as competition support at various tournaments throughout the state). There is also an additional session taking place in October 2015 at Melbourne Park. Tennis Victoria provides funding and other resources to deliver the tennis program. Trials will be held at the Mt Prospect Tennis Club, Bridge Street, Park Lake Creswick, commencing at 9:30am, and concluding at 11:00am. The trials will cover a range of on-court activities, so players should come prepared accordingly. The trial is an open invite with no RSVP required. 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.
Academy supplier, and friend, Sue Anderson is holding two workshops for Parents and Professionals working with children. These two events will be on "Understanding Self Esteem and Children" and "Understand Motivation and Children". For further details, please visit the good2gr8 website at http://www.good2gr8.com.au/ Information on the above mentioned sessions can be found under the "training and workshops" link. Sue has been working with Academy sporting programs for several years now, and we highly recommend her work.
Multiple Ballarat athletes have returned from a successful week at the 2014 Special Olympics National Games. Equestrian rider Marion McKenzie finished the competition with two gold medals in the Le Trec and Prix Caprilli and two silver medals in the dressage and English Equitation. Competing on a donated horse, as all competitors do at these games, McKenzie was able to ride her way to four medals, over the week long games. She has now placed herself in an excellent position to be selected for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, America in 2015. Announcements for this team are not expected to made for some time. Fran Wellard competed in the A Grade women’s basketball, winning a silver medal along with her Victorian teammates. They had a successful tournament, winning two games and losing two games, going down in the gold medal match to their New South Wales opponents. Swimmer Keziah Glenane swam her way to a silver medal in the 100m backstroke, finishing with a time of 2:03.81. Glenane also swam in the 100m and 200m freestyle, as well as the 200m backstroke. Madee Townsend also competed in the swimming, competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle for 8th and 7th place respectively; the 50m backstroke where she came 7th and swam the freestyle leg of the 4x50m medley relay, where her team finished with a silver medal. Kellie Hughes competed in the teams, singles and doubles in the Bowling, finishing fourth, third and fourth respectively. Over 1000 athletes made the journey to Melbourne with athletes competing in 12 sports throughout the week long event. An opening and closing ceremony were held to recognise the athletes, volunteers and coaches involvement. All athletes are members of the WestVic Academy of Sport: Special Olympics Ballarat program, and gain access to a musculoskeletal screening and weekly Strength and Conditioning coaching and Nutritional advice tailored to their specific needs.
Congratulations to Golf program member Bailey Holloway, who has been selected by Golf Victoria to compete at the Murray River Junior Masters. This tournament will be held at the Tocumwal and Cobram Barooga Golf Clubs from December 18-21. Good luck to Bailey whilst competing at this tournament.
NEWSFLASH: Special Olympics Equestrian Rider Marion McKenzie, who is a member of Special Olympics Ballarat and the WestVic Academy of Sport; was selected this afternoon to read the oath for athletes at today's opening ceremony to the National Games for Special Olympics!!! Congratulations Marion from everyone at WestVic
Several Ballarat athletes will next week converge on Melbourne, along with 1000 other athletes from across the country, as they compete in the 2014 Special Olympics National Games. Over 1000 athletes will be competing across 16 sports in the week long event commencing Monday 20 October, with competitors aiming to qualify for selection for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, America in 2015. These games are held every 4 years, with the last games in Adelaide, South Australia. The last time Melbourne hosted the games was in 1990. Competitors, coaches and officials will participate in an Opening and Closing ceremony at the beginning and conclusion of the Games, held at Olympic Park and Luna Park respectively. Marion McKenzie will be competing as part of the Victorian Equestrian team at the National Equestrian Centre in Werribee. McKenzie will compete in 4 events over two days; the Level 1 English equitation; Dressage; Le Trec and Prix Caprilli. Madee Townsend and Keziah Glenane will be swimming at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), with Townsend in the 50m and 100m freestyle; 50m backstroke and the 4 x 50m medley relay. Glenane will be competing in the 100m and 200m freestyle and the 100m and 200m backstroke. Kellie Hughes will be competing in the ten-pin bowling at the WynCity Bowling and Entertainment complex in Point Cook. Fran Wellard is competing in the A grade basketball at MSAC. All athletes are members of the WestVic Academy of Sport: Special Olympics Ballarat program, and gain access to a musculoskeletal screening and weekly Strength and Conditioning coaching and Nutritional advice tailored to their specific needs. WestVic Academy of Sport Manager of Sports Programs Kelly Dunn congratulated the athletes on their inclusion in the Games, and wishes them all the best. “To have 5 athletes from Ballarat competing in National Games is a fantastic achievement, and something that we are incredibly proud of. We wish all the athletes all the best, and have every confidence in them to bring home some medals from their respective sports”.
A recruitment drive targeting the region's best young athletes - regardless of their sport of choice - was launched this week by the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport. The regional sporting academy has opened its 2015 professional sporting services program for developing athletes to competitors in sports not traditionally aligned to the academy. The key to the expansion is the academy's "Individual Athlete Membership" scheme. The scheme provides an opportunity for individual athletes to tailor their package of services to complement any coaching and other support already in place within their own sport. WVAS executive officer Rob Ward said the recruitment drive was an important initiative for the not-for-profit service provider. "We are here to focus on providing what's not already in place for athletes to give them a better opportunity to develop and progress within their sport," Mr Ward said. "We want to work with the people, organisations and athletes who are already part of our program, and those we identify as meeting our criteria, to provide the services we can, as conveniently and effectively as we can." Mr Ward said the recruitment drive was open to any athlete wishing to be the best they can; whether they are athletes already competing in state championships, identified as potential future stars, or athletes wanting to be the best performer they can within local competition. He said athletes looking to join WestVic through the recruitment drive should contact the academy directly to learn more around the process from inquiry to induction as a new member. "We are delighted to field all inquiries in the early stages of the recruitment drive and explain the specific processes around application, interview and selection at that point," Mr Ward said. "We want to be upfront and say that while we are very keen to take all inquiries and add many new athletes into our organisation. At the same time we do have some limits to our capacity." Success stories from the scheme include three-time Australian representative in hammer throw Emma Werner, and state and national championship runner-up gymnast Hudson Irwin. Each of these athletes complements their technical coaching with WestVic-provided services such as sport psychology workshops, nutrition consultations, physical screenings and strength and conditioning programming.
Good luck to all Special Olympics swimmers for this weekends regional games in Ballarat!!
Well done to tennis program athlete Hugh McManus on a great result at the recent NSW state championships... Where he qualified for the final 32 player main draw following a number if qualifying matches. Although he lost in the first round, Hugh took it to three sets and did himself proud... Tennis Victoria thought so much of the result they contacted us specifically to tell us!! From everyone at Westvic Hugh...well done!
Congratulations to Golfer Bailey Holloway on his recent efforts at the Boys and Girls Championships last week. As a result of this the Golf Victoria Junior and High Performance team have invited him into the Under 16 Junior Squad. Bailey will now be exposed to tuition from Golf Victoria's State Coaches at all sessions, with the first on Saturday 15 November at Sandhurst Golf Course. Congratulations to Bailey on this achievement!