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Para-cycling team announced

Posted on January 19, 2014 by

The Australian para-cycling team has been announced ahead of the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championhsips in Mexico. Three NSWIS athletes have been named in the team, with Jayme Paris, Alexandra Green and Simone Kennedy all securing selection. Green and Kennedy head into the championships as the defending champions in the women’s C4 3000m and C3 3000m pursuits, respectively. The 2014 world championships take place in Aguascalientes, Mexico from 10-13 April 2014.

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Kookaburras fourth in India

Posted on January 19, 2014 by

The Australian men’s hockey team, featuring three NSWIS athletes, has finished fourth at the 2014 FIH Hockey World League Finals in India. Australia was drawn to face India in the quarter-finals after finishing atop pool B, with the Kookaburras continuing their strong form by crushing the hosts 7-2 in the must-win clash, including a goal from NSWIS athlete Simon Orchard. The semi-final followed against the Netherlands, and despite two goals from NSWIS athlete Kieran Govers, the Kookaburras were knocked out of gold medal contention after a 3-4 loss. In the bronze medal match Australia faced traditional rivals England, with the match finishing in controversial circumstances. The Kookaburras appeared to level scores in the final minute before the goal was overturned after a video replay, handing England the 1-2 win. Despite the close loss there was a silver lining for the Australians, with the fourth place finishing take the team to number one in the world rankings.

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Kennedy-Sim back in form

Posted on January 19, 2014 by

NSWIS athlete Sami Kennedy-Sim has highlighted the weekend’s winter sport results after a strong showing at a world cup event in France. Competing in the women’s ski cross, Kennedy-Sim notched a career best fourth place finish on the slopes of Val Thorens. The near-podium finish comes just eight months after Kennedy-Sim suffered an infarct stroke, and lifts the 25 year to 22nd overall on the world cup rankings. Also competing at the ski cross event were NSWIS athletes Jenny Owens (23rd) and Katya Crema (26th), while Anton Grimus finished 17th in the men’s event. Two moguls world cup events were held over the weekend, with NSWIS athletes competing in Lake Placid, USA and Val St Come, Canada for spots at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Britteny Cox continued her strong form by finishing ninth at the Lake Placid event, with Taylah-Paige O’Neill 28th. The men’s moguls saw Brodie Summers place 12th, Matt Graham finish 22nd and Sam Hall finish 35th. O’Neill, Summers and Hall then competed in Canada where the trio finished 21st, 12th and 38th, respectively, with Summers’ 12th placing a season’s best performance. The snowboard world cup continued in Stoneham, Canada, with four NSWIS athletes achieving solid results. Torah Bright’s 10th place finish in the women’s snowboard slopestyle was the pick of the results, with Michaela Davis-Meehan coming in 31st in the same event. Half-pipe snowboarders Steph Magiros and Alex Fitch were also in action, with the duo finishing 16th and 23rd, respectively. Elsewhere, Boen Ferguson finished 17th in the men’s ski slopestyle at the Gstaad world cup event in Switzerland. Rounding out results was skeleton athlete John Farrow, who all but secured selection for the 2014 Sochi Games after a 25th place finish at a skeleton world cup event in Austria.

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Hockey world league begins

Posted on January 13, 2014 by

The 2014 FIH Men’s Hockey World League kicked off late last week, with Australia recording a win and a loss in their opening two matches. The Kookaburras began strongly with a 3-2 win over Belgium in the team’s opening match of the tournament, with NSWIS athlete Kieran Gover scoring the opening goal in the 33rd minute. Govers added another goal to help Australia to a 2-1 lead, before the Belgians scored five minutes later to equalise at 2-2. A final Australian goal just one minute from the final whistle sealed the victory. The second match of the tournament saw the Australians suffer a tough 0-1 loss to the Netherlands, with the only goal coming in the 38th minute. Australia next play Argentina in pool B. The NSWIS athletes in the team are Govers, Simon Orchard and Tristan White.

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