Shooters set sights on Rio
The Australian shooting team has secured a further 14 quota spots for the 2016 Olympic Games following the conclusion of the 2015 Oceania Championships last week. A total of 18 spots have now been secured for the team, one more than the 17 spots at the 2012 Olympic Games. NSWIS athletes James Willett and Dan Repacholi secured a place for Australia at the 2016 Games with their respective gold medals in the men’s shotgun double trap and 50m pistol, while fellow NSWIS athletes Michael Diamond (shotgun trap) and Warren Potent (50m rifle prone) had previously earned quota spots during the international season. The first Olympic selection event will be the Australia Cup 2 in Adelaide from 11-13 December.
Wellings secures automatic nomination
Runner Eloise Wellings has earned automatic nomination for selection to the 2016 Australian Olympic Team after winning the women’s 10,000m at the Zatopek:10 over the weekend. Wellings triumphed in a time of 32:02.61 to claim her fourth national 10,000m crown, winning by nearly 24 seconds from her nearest competitor. “I felt pretty easy during the first 15 laps, that was when the girls pulled out. I knew that was going to happen, though, and I just made sure that I was ready to dig deep and hurt towards the end, becoming a bit like a metronome," Wellings said to Athletics Australia after the win. Wellings’ effort means that seven NSWIS athletes have posted Rio qualifying times across 10 events, with official selections to take place next year.
Kookaburras win World League
The Australian men’s hockey team has won the FIH World League for the first time after defeating Belgium 2-1 in the final in India. The Kookaburras’ tournament was off to a mixed start after an early loss to Great Britain before the team rebounded to defeat Canada, Germany and the Netherlands en route to the gold medal match. The gold medal match saw the Kookaburras establish a 2-0 lead after 37 minutes that the Belgians were unable to match, with NSWIS athlete Matthew Dawson scoring the team’s second goal. Belgium’s only goal coming in the 60th minute. The NSWIS athletes in the team were Dawson, Kieran Govers and Simon Orchard. Elsewhere, the women’s World League final began in Argentina with the Hockeyroos winning their opening match 1-0 over China. NSWIS athlete Georgina Morgan scored the Australians’ only goal in the 43rd minute, with fellow NSWIS athletes Mariah Williams and Emily Smith also taking to the pitch. The Hockeyroos then went on to defeat the hosts 2-1 in their second game of the tournament, with Morgan scoring a penalty corner as the siren went to secure victory.