Winter Olympian Belle Brockhoff kicks off season in style

Team NSWIS snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has begun her 2016-2017 international season in style, taking out two Europa Cup Snowboard Cross events in Pitztal, Austria. The events were a good chance for Brockhoff to convert her solid training form into competition results as she prepares for the opening event of the World Cup season in Montafon, Austria on December 15-18.

Burton, Waterhouse and Darminan head to Sailing World Cup Melbourne

Sailing World Cup Melbourne begins today, with the NSWIS’ Olympic sailing medallists, Tom Burton, Lisa Darminan and Jason Waterhouse, heading to the southern state to compete in the final Sailing World Cup event for 2016.     Burton, who won gold in Rio in the Laser class before taking out the ClubsNSW Male Athlete of the Year at the NSWIS awards, will come up against Olympic silver medallist, Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia, for the first time since Rio.

Jillaroos win bronze at junior worlds

With seven NSWIS scholarship holders and a host of other NSW athletes in the squad, the Jillaroos, Australia’s junior women’s hockey team, have won the bronze at the Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile.   In a tense tussle with Spain, that ended in a 1-1 draw at full-time, NSWIS scholarship holder and captain Mariah Williams scored the first goal of the shoot-out and the Jillaroos went on to claim the shoot-out 3 – 1 and in doing so won their first World Cup medal since 2001.

Not all carbohydrates are the same

Carbohydrates can be classified in a number of different ways to describe a similar thing, complex and simple sugars, processed/refined or wholegrain carbohydrates and low and high Glycemic Index (GI). All of these terms have some consideration for the rate carbohydrates are digested and absorbed into the blood stream.

Rowing National Training Centres up and running

Rowing Australia hosted 63 talented male and female athletes across its two National Training Centres (NTC) in its first Testing Camp under CampaignNumberOne.     You can read more about the camps and the NTCs here.


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

Ellie Cole

Ellie has been around the international scene for almost a decade, making her debut in the green and gold at just 15 years old at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships. In her first World Championships she won a silver medal in the 50m backstroke. Two years later, Cole was selected for her first Paralympic Games in Beijing where she claimed one silver and two bronze medals in the 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle respectively.

At the London Paralympic Games, Cole didn’t just win one gold medal, she won four gold and two bronze medals. In doing so Cole achieved a dream of beating her arch rival and hero, South African Natalie du Toit, also a multiple gold medallist.

  • Sport (Para) Swimming
  • Age 24
  • Career Highlights Gold 4 x 100m Medley Relay 2012 Paralympic Games
  • NSWIS athlete 1 year

Cameron Girdlestone

Cameron Girdlestone has been an Australian representative for several years, firstly as a junior, then as a senior member from 2014.

At the 2014 Rowing World Cup, Girdlestone took home a gold medal with the quad scull and silver in the double scull. In 2015 the quad scull managed another silver medal, this time at the World Championships in France. Girdlestone and the quad scull crew won silver at the Rio Olympics after an impressive performance.

  • Sport Rowing
  • Age 28
  • Career Highlights Silver in the Men’s Quadruple scull at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
  • NSWIS athlete 2 yrs

Murray Stewart

South African born Murray Stewart moved to Australia in 2000 and was an avid surf ski paddler. His sprint kayak career began some five years later. With a health issue crushing his pursuit for a spot on the Beijing Olympic team, Stewart was determined to be selected for the 2012 London Olympics.

Murray wasn’t only selected for the team, he went on to win gold in the K4 1000m and to top the year off was named 2012 Australian Canoeist of the Year. Since then, he has competed at a range of World Cup and World Championships with a focus shift to the K1 event. At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Murray finished 4th in the event.

  • Sport Canoe Sprint
  • Age 30
  • Career Highlights • 2012 London Olympic Games – Olympic Gold Medallist K4 1000m
  • NSWIS athlete 8

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