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Sailors reign supreme

Posted on December 7, 2015 by

NSWIS sailors Liesl Tesch and Daniel Fitzgibbon are the toast of Australian sailing after claiming victory in the SKUD18 at the 2015 Para World Sailing Championships last week. The duo successfully defended their title from 2014 after winning eight of 10 races and finishing no worse than third throughout the week, extending an unbeaten run that dates back to their gold medal winning performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games. “This is exactly what we wanted to do. We wanted to practice to sail our best race. You never know when you need to sail the best race so we have to practice racing our best, every single time and stay focused right to the end,” Tesch said to Yachting Australia after the win. Tesch and Fitzgibbon have also won a number of other prestigious sailing titles including the ISAF Sailing World Cup and Delta Lloyd Regatta to place themselves as early favourites heading into the 2016 Paralympic Games. There was added success for fellow NSWIS athlete Jonathan Harris, who won silver in the Sonar class alongside Colin Harrison and Russell Boaden. The trio was leading the competition for much of the regatta before falling behind on the penultimate day and eventually finishing second by just one point.

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Short Course Championships wrap up

Posted on November 30, 2015 by

The 2015 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships concluded over the weekend with a number of NSWIS athletes winning medals. The results were highlighted by reigning world champions Tiffany Thomas Kane and Ellie Cole, who between them won five gold and one silver medal. Thomas Kane made a clean sweep in the women’s 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke multi-class events, while Cole triumphed in the women’s 100m freestyle and backstroke multi-class events, and took silver in the women’s 50m freestyle multi-class event. Mitch Kilduff enjoyed victory in the men’s 50m freestyle multi-class and 100m butterfly multi-class, while also picking up silver and bronze in two other events. Kenneth To’s four medal haul included gold in the men’s 100m individual medley alongside three silver medals, while young gun Matthew Wilson won the men’s 200m breaststroke while also taking bronze in the men’s 100m breaststroke. Other medallist from the championships included Taylor Corry (one gold, one bronze, one silver), Sean Russo (one gold, one silver) and Marieke D’Cruz, Kazimir Boskovic and Tomas Elliott who each won one bronze medal.

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World League continues

Posted on November 30, 2015 by

The Australian men’s hockey team suffered its heaviest ever defeat to Great Britain after falling 5-2 at the Hockey World League in India. The Kookaburras, featuring NSWIS athletes Matthew Dawson, Kieran Govers and Simon Orchard, were behind 2-0 after 13 minutes and were unable to trouble Team GB as they dropped to third in pool A. The team will next play Canada on Wednesday morning AEDST before the quarter-finals begin on Thursday. Elsewhere, the women’s Hockey World League begins this weekend in Rosario, Argentina with the Hockeyroos facing China in their first pool match on Sunday morning AEDST. Included in the women’s team are NSWIS athletes Georgina Morgan, Emily Smith and Mariah Williams.

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Cycling team named for New Zealand

Posted on November 30, 2015 by

Three NSWIS athletes have been named in the Australian Cycling Team for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in New Zealand. The selections are headlined by reigning world champion Ashlee Ankudinoff, who will join fellow world champions Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Melissa Hoskins in the team pursuit for the first time since their world title triumph in Paris. Ankudinoff will be joined by fellow NSWIS athletes Kaarle McCulloch and Peter Lewis, who will compete in the women’s and men’s sprint events respectively. The World Cup takes place in Cambridge, New Zealand from 4-6 December.

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