Aussie Olympians officially welcomed at Sydney celebrations

Australia’s Olympic athletes, including a number of NSWIS supported athletes, have been officially welcomed home in Sydney, with official events at both Admiralty House and the Sydney Opera House.   The competition in Rio may have ended seven days ago, but the fanfare on home soil is still strong, as athletes completed the first of a nationwide string of events to celebrate their achievements at the Games.

Govers makes most of Rio disappointment, looks to the future

NSWIS hockey player Kieran Govers has pushed the disappointment of not being selected for the Rio Olympics to the back of his mind and now has a new focus, the local hockey title and a recall to the Kookaburras.   After overcoming a spate of hip and hamstring injuries and proving his fitness prior to Rio, the London Olympic bronze medallist was overlooked for the team, while brother Blake made the cut and was part of a trying campaign for the Kookaburras.

Himbury skiing towards PyeongChang 2018

A ticket to PyeongChang, Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics is the end goal for resilient NSWIS Freestyle Skiing competitor Madii Himbury, who begins competition at the Subaru Australian National Freestyle Mogul Championships in Perisher Valley tomorrow.   At just 22-years-old, Himbury has overcome two injury setbacks to be the athlete she is today.

Bronze medal for NSWIS Rower in first finals of the U23 World Championships

NSWIS rower Sam Hardy has highlighted the results after the first finals of the 2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands; winning bronze in the men’s coxed four.   Hardy joined Jack Cleary, Texas Lawton, Henry Youl and cox Louis Copolov to race to the final step on the podium, following in winners New Zealand and silver medallists Italy.

Four NSWIS players included in Netball World Youth Cup squad

Four NSWIS players have been selected in the 2016-17 Australian Netball World Youth Cup squad, which will form the basis for the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup team, to be hosted in Gaborone, Botswana in July next year. Toni Anderson, Keira Austin, Prudence Ellis and Claire O’Brien are part of the 20-player squad named by Australian World Youth Cup Coach Tania Obst, selector Jill McIntosh and Netball Australia’s National Pathway Manager Stacey West.


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The NSWIS supports over 350 athletes across 14 sport programs. Learn more about some of our athletes below.

Dani Samuels

Crowned world champion in 2009, Dani Samuels has competed at three Olympics. Dani produced an outstanding performance at the recent Rio Olympic Games finishing 4th in the women’s discus.

In 2014 she also blitzed the field to win her first Commonwealth Games gold medal and has since continued to dominate Australian domestic competition with multiple/consecutive national championships.

  • Sport Athletics
  • Age 28
  • Career Highlights Gold at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin
  • Year at NSWIS 8

Richie Campbell

Since making his debut over ten years ago, Richie Campbell has become one of the key field players in the Australian men’s water polo team. He was the youngest member of the Beijing Olympic team which finished 8th and was also a part of the London Olympic team four years later finishing 7th.

Richie was part of the team that finished 5th at the World Super League Final and at his 3rd Olympic Games in Rio Richie was part of the Australian team that finished 9th.

  • Sport Water Polo
  • Age 28
  • Career Highlights 5th in World League Finals 2016
  • Year at NSWIS 10

Melissa Wu

At just 24 years old, Melissa Wu is considered a veteran of her sport, with Rio her third Olympic Games campaign. 2008 and 2010 was a successful period for Mel, which featured medal winning performances at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. She claimed silver in the 10m synchronised platform at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and followed this with two brilliant performances at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games where she took home a gold and a silver medal.

2016 has been another good year for Mel with a bronze in the 10m platform at the 2016 World Cup and 5th in the women’s 10m platform at the Olympic Games in Rio.

  • Sport Diving
  • Age 24
  • Career Highlights Silver 10m synchro 2008 Olympic Games Beijing
  • Year at NSWIS 6

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