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Cycling trio added to team

Posted on September 7, 2015 by

Three NSWIS athletes have been added to the Australian cycling team competing at the upcoming UCI Road World Championships in the USA. Adding to Anna Leeza-Hull and Sam Jenner, who were selected for the U19 team in July, NSWIS athletes Rachel Neylan, Lauren Kitchen and Amanda Spratt have all been selected in the women’s component of the team. Neylan makes her second consecutive appearance on the team and third overall after winning silver at the 2012 Road World Championships, while Kitchen and Spratt return to the team following representation in 2013, with Spratt set to start at her fifth world championship event. The 2015 UCI Road World Championships take place in Richmond, USA from 20-27 September.

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World championships close in Beijing

Posted on August 31, 2015 by

The 2015 IAAF Athletics World Championships concluded in Beijing on Sunday evening, with Brandon Starc and Dani Samuels highlighting the NSWIS results after finals appearances in their events. Starc created history to make the final of the men’s high jump, setting a new personal best of 2.31m to become just the sixth athlete in history to reach that mark in the qualifying round of a world championship event. The 21 year old was the first Australian since Tim Forsyth in 1997 to reach a world championship final, where he eventually finished 12th, and moved to second on the Australian all-time list. Samuels posted the best finish of any NSWIS athlete at the championships with her sixth placing in the women’s discus. The 2009 world champion started with a throw below 60m before improving to 62.90m with her second throw, eventually posting her best throw of 63.14 in the fourth round of the final. Also at the championships, Anneliese Rubie helped the Australian women’s 4x400m relay team post a season’s best time of 3:28.61 en route to a sixth placing in the heats of the event, while Michelle Jenneke became just the fourth Australian woman to qualify for the semi-finals of the women’s 110m hurdles, where she finished sixth.

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Medal rush in Singapore

Posted on August 31, 2015 by

The 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships concluded over the weekend with two NSWIS athletes being crowned world champions in Singapore. The standout performer from the five-strong NSWIS contingent was rising star Lucy McJannett, who won two gold and one silver medal. McJannett’s gold medals came in the women’s 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays, with a new world junior record being set in each event by the Australian team. McJannett’s silver medal came in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay, while individually she placed sixth in the women’s 100m freestyle. Fellow NSWIS athlete Vincent Dai was part of the gold medal winning Australian 4x100m freestyle relay team, with the quartet holding off the USA and Italy into gold. Matthew Wilson rounded out the NSWIS results with two silver and one bronze medal; silver coming in the men’s 200m breaststroke and mixed 4x100m medley relay, and bronze coming in the men’s 4x100m medley relay. The Australian team finished on top of the medal tally with nine gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

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Bronzed Aussie in Stockholm

Posted on August 24, 2015 by

Triathlete Aaron Royle has continued his stellar form by winning bronze at the Stockholm leg of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series over the weekend. Fresh off qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games, Royle added a podium finish in Stockholm to his list of achievements with an excellent performance at one of the tougher triathlon courses in the series. Royle came out of the swim leg in the top three competitors and managed to hold his position for the rest of the race, narrowly missing out on silver after a sprint to the line against a Portuguese competitor. Fellow NSWIS athlete Ryan Bailie finished in sixth position, less than 20 seconds outside the medals, with Jacob Birtwhistle in 38th. Natalie Van Coevorden placed 22nd in the elite women’s race with Charlotte McShane unable to finish.

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Athletics world championships begin

Posted on August 24, 2015 by

The 2015 IAAF Athletics World Championships kicked off in Beijing over the weekend, with NSWIS athletes faring well in the opening days of competition. Runner Anneliese Rubie was the standout competitor from the early rounds in the Olympic stadium as she clocked a new personal best of 51.69 seconds to secure passage to the semi-final of the women’s 400m. With her efforts Rubie notched a Rio 2016 qualifying time and became the first Australian woman to secure a spot in a world championships semi-final since Catherine Freeman in 1999. “It’s as good as they say out there. The track is lightning fast, the stadium is amazing and it’s hot. The conditions are perfect. I had an absolute ball. I executed my race almost perfectly. I didn’t want to leave the race thinking there was anything left in the tank, and I’ve definitely done that,” Rubie said to Athletics Australia after the race. “I want to improve in the next round. I think I am in even better shape. To be honest, I’m stoked regardless. It’s just a bonus after only getting in to the championships late.” Fellow NSWIS athlete Dani Samuels progressed to the final of the women’s discus despite a scare in the qualifiers. Samuels’ best throw came in at 62.01m to be ranked eighth in the eight-woman field. Runner Madeline Heiner narrowly missed out on the final of the women’s 3000m steeplechase after clocking 9:30.79 in the qualifiers. Heiner missed out by 0.56 seconds, with her time being good enough for the final in four of the last five world championship events. Rounding out the NSWIS results from early in the competition was Josh Ralph, who clocked 1:48.90 in the heats of the men’s 800m but was unable to progress to the final.

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Cyclists return with silverware

Posted on August 24, 2015 by

The 2015 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships concluded over the weekend, with three NSWIS athletes returning home with silverware. The championships kicked off on the right note with NSWIS athlete Cameron Scott winning silver in the men’s team sprint. The Australian trio of Scott, Conor Rowley and Derek Radzikiewicz qualified fastest for the final but were unable to overcome the Germans, who set a new world record en route to gold. Scott was also successful in the men’s 1km time trial where he finished with bronze after posting a time of 1:03.417, while also finishing ninth in the men’s scratch. The women’s events were highlighted by NSWIS athletes Nicola MacDonald and Tori Saunders, with both athletes winning silver in the women’s team pursuit. Saunders helped the Australian team qualify for the finals in the heats before the Australian quartet, featuring MacDonald, set a new Australian record to take silver behind New Zealand, with the Kiwis setting a new world record. There was further joy for MacDonald who won bronze in the women’s scratch, with Saunders also finishing eighth in the women’s individual pursuit.

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Tame and Wallace triumph in Milan

Posted on August 24, 2015 by

NSWIS paddler Lachlan Tame has highlighted the results at the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships by winning gold alongside compatriot Ken Wallace. Competing in the men’s K2 500m the duo got away to a solid start before powering away over the final 250m to finish 0.788 seconds ahead of silver medallists Spain. “It went to plan, we hoped to do well and we executed what we could do to our best, we got a second yesterday and a first today so we are stoked,” Tame said to Australian Canoeing after the race. The duo also picked up silver in the men’s K2 1000m, taking their second consecutive silver medal after notching the same result at the 2013 world championships. Tame and Wallace finished 0.957 seconds from gold medallists Germany. Fellow NSWIS athletes David Smith and Riley Fitzsimmons fell just short of bronze in the men’s K4 1000m final, finishing fourth by just 0.054 seconds, while Murray Stewart claimed sixth place in the men’s K1 1000m final. Jo Brigden-Jones and Naomi Flood took second in final B of the women’s K4 500m, while Colin Sieders finished ninth in the men’s KL1 final. The Australian team finished third overall on the medal table with five gold, two silver and one bronze.

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NSWIS contingent Beijing bound

Posted on August 17, 2015 by

Eight NSWIS athletes have been selected on the Australian Flame team heading to the 2015 IAAF Athletics World Championships in Beijing. The NSWIS contingent is headlined by discus thrower Dani Samuels, who is equal second in the current Diamond League standings and looking to match her world championship title win from 2009. Joining Samuels will be fellow NSWIS athletes Ella Nelson (200m), Anneliese Rubie (400m, 4x400m), Madeline Heiner (3000m steeplechase, 5000m) and Michelle Jenneke (100m hurdles). The men’s events see NSWIS athletes Brandon Starc (high jump), Nick Hough (110m hurdles) and Joshua Ralph (800m) line up for Australia. The championships take place from 22-30 August in Beijing, China.

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Fox and Delfour medal in France

Posted on August 17, 2015 by

NSWIS paddlers Jess Fox and Lucien Delfour have both secured podium places in Pau, France at the final event of the 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup. Fox claimed silver in the women’s K1 to round out the World Cup series, with the double ranking points on offer elevating the 21 year old to second overall in the World Cup standings. Earlier in the event Fox claimed silver in the non-Olympic C1 class to secure overall World Cup honours in the C1. Not to be outdone Delfour won bronze in the men’s K1 to move to second overall in the World Cup standings. The bronze was Delfour’s second consecutive World Cup bronze medal after last week’s event in Spain. The pair will now focus on next month’s ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in London, which double as quota qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Diamonds shine brightest of all

Posted on August 17, 2015 by

The Australian Diamonds netball team has been crowned world champions after a stellar win in the final of the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney. The Diamonds, featuring seven NSWIS athletes, secured their third consecutive world after defeating the NZ Silver Ferns 58-55 in front of 16,849 fans. A 16-7 opening quarter from the Australians led to a 30-22 half-time lead, before the Silver Ferns brought back the margin to just six heading into the final quarter. Despite late pressure the Diamonds held on to win by three goals and claim Australia’s 11th netball world championship crown. The NSWIS athletes in the team were Kim Green, Kim Ravaillion, Julie Corletto, Sharni Layton, Caitlin Thwaites, Rebecca Bulley and Paige Hadley.

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