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Super series swim team named

Posted on January 28, 2014 by

Eleven athletes have been named in the Australian team competing at the upcoming Aquatic Super Series in Perth. Headlining the selections is reigning world champion and men’s Olympic silver medallist James Magnussen, who will be joined by his fellow Olympians David McKeon, Jessica Ashwood and Daniel Tranter. Joining the Olympic quartet are rising star Emma McKeon, and 2012 FINA World Cup champion Kenneth To. Several Paralympians are also making the trip to Perth, with young gun Maddison Elliott leading the charge. The 15 year old will be joined by Taylor Corry, Amanda Fowler and Matthew Levy as Australia takes on swimmers from South Africa, China, Japan and Brazil.

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Winter sports wrap

Posted on January 28, 2014 by

With just days left until the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, several NSWIS athletes have finetuned their preparations ahead of the opening ceremony in Sochi. At the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado, snowboarder Cam Bolton was the highlight of the NSWIS athletes as he finished fifth in the men’s snowboard cross, with fellow NSWIS athlete Russ Henshaw finishing eighth in the men’s ski slopestyle despite suffering a bad fall during training. In Taipei, ice dancers Greg Merriman and Danielle O’Brien continued their preparation for their debut Olympics with a seventh place finish at the Four Continents Championships. After a shaky performance in the short dance the pair regrouped in the free dance to post a solid 121.44 points overall. The ski cross world cup wrapped up in Austria with four NSWIS athletes competing, with Jenny Owens posting a 15th place finish. The result was Owens’ best in just over 12 months and brings to a close her fantastic world cup skiing career. Fellow NSWIS athletes Katya Crema and Sami Kennedy-Sim finished 16th and 24th respectively, while Anton Grimus finished 14th in the men’s event. Sliders John Farrow and Jana Pittman also continued their march towards Russia with strong performances at a world cup event in Germany; Farrow finishing 17th in the men’s skeleton, and Pittman taking 14th in the women’s bobsleigh.

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Fox maintains supremacy

Posted on January 27, 2014 by

Paddler Jessica Fox has mainted her supremacy on the domestic whitewater following the 2014 Australian Open in Penrith. Fox performed strongly over the weekend to pick up gold medals in the women’s K1 and C1 events, with fellow NSWIS athlete Rosalyn Lawrence and sister Noemie Fox settling for silver and bronze in the C1, and Lawrence taking bronze in the K1. The men’s C1 gold medal was claimed by NSWIS athlete Ian Borrows, who triumphed by nearly four seconds from his nearest competitor. Ethan Hodson secured bronze in the C1 event, adding it to the gold he had already won in the men’s C2.

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NSWIS contingent ready for Russia

Posted on January 23, 2014 by

A total of 29 NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athletes have been selected on the Australian Olympic Team heading to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The 29 NSWIS scholarship holders on the Australian Olympic Team will be the largest ever contingent of NSWIS athletes competing at the Winter Olympic Games, 11 more than the previous record of 18 athletes in Vancouver 2010. “To be selected on an Olympic team is a fantastic achievement, and on behalf of the Institute I would like to congratulate the NSWIS athletes on their selection for Sochi,” said NSWIS Chief Executive Charles Turner. “Having 29 NSWIS winter sport athletes on the Australian Olympic Team is a testament to the strength of our program, as well as an indication of the excellent support we receive from our program partners including the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia. “Australia is now a major player in the winter sports arena, and we are all looking forward to watching our athletes compete for gold.” Headlining the selections is snowboarder Alex Pullin, the current back-to-back world champion in the men’s snowboard cross, who will compete at his second Winter Olympic Games. Pullin is joined on the team by fellow NSWIS snowboard cross athletes Jarryd Hughes, Cam Bolton and Belle Brockhoff. Reigning Olympic champion Torah Bright lines up at her third Winter Games alongside fellow three time Olympian Holly Crawford and debutant Steph Magiros in the women’s snowboard half-pipe, with Nathan Johnstone and Kent Callister competing in the men’s event. Young gun Britt Cox spearheads the Institute’s freestyle moguls hopes at her second Winter Olympics, while in the ski cross Sami Kennedy-Sim will make her Olympic debut after suffering an infarct stroke in April 2013. A further 17 NSWIS athletes will compete in Sochi, with 14 of those athletes making their Olympic debuts. Included in the debutants is skeleton athlete John Farrow, bobsleigh athlete and two time summer Olympian Jana Pittman, and Russ Henshaw, who makes his Olympic debut in the ski slopestyle as the event appears on the Olympic schedule for the first time. The full list of NSWIS athletes on the 2014 Australian Olympic Team is as follows:  

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