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Fearnley third in New York

Posted on November 4, 2013 by

NSWIS wheelchair track & road racer Kurt Fearnley has finished with bronze at the 2013 New York Marathon, narrowly missing out on gold. Fearnley was locked in a tense battle with fellow racers Marcel Hug and Ernst Van Dyk for much of the race, before a sprint finish decided the final places. Hug took gold and Van Dyk finished second, with Fearnley taking bronze as all three athletes posted the same time of 1:40.15.

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Cycling world cup kicks off

Posted on November 4, 2013 by

The 2013/14 UCI Track Cycling World Cup kicked off in Manchester over the weekend, with three NSWIS athletes taking part. Peter Lewis highlighted the results sheet for the NSWIS trio after finishing 11th in the men’s keirin, with fellow NSWIS athlete Mitchell Bullen taking 25th spot in the men’s sprint. Olympic bronze medallist Kaarle McCulloch finished 14th in the women’s team sprint with compatriot Stephanie Morton, and 18th in the individual women’s sprint. The next world cup event takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico from 17-19 January 2014.

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Australia’s Oceania triumph

Posted on November 4, 2013 by

The Australian men’s and women’s hockey teams have defeated New Zealand in their respective finals to reign supreme at the 2013 Oceania Championships. The Australian women’s team, featuring NSWIS athletes Casey Eastham, Kate Jenner, Emily Smith, Mathilda Carmichael and Kellie White, got the best of their trans-Tasman rivals in a tense penalty shootout. With scores locked at 2-2 after full time, both teams scored their opening penalties before Australia moved 2-1 ahead after two penalties each. After a further two misses from each team the penalties moved into sudden death, with White slotting a penalty to see the Hockeyroos go ahead 5-4, with the title then being secured after a final New Zealand miss. The Australian men’s team, featuring NSWIS athletes Matthew Butturini and Simon Orchard, faced an easier time of it in their win over New Zealand. The Kookaburras led 2-0 heading into the half-time break, before a further three goals sealed a 5-2 win and the Oceania crown.

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NSWIS awards finalists announced

Posted on October 23, 2013 by

Swimming star James Magnussen and slalom canoeist Jessica Fox will headline a stunning list of sporting achievers to be recognised at next month’s annual New South Wales Institute of Sport Awards. Both Magnussen and Fox won silver medals at last year’s Olympics before parlaying their efforts into world championship gold in 2013 to begin their campaigns for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on the right foot. The pair were joined in the nominations by a host of Winter Sport athletes who are preparing for their own shot at Olympic glory next year in Sochi, Russia with reigning Olympic champion Torah Bright, two-time world champ Alex Pullin and Holly Crawford all up for awards. The awards night, to be held at the Australian Turf Club, Randwick on Thursday November 21, and to be hosted by NSWIS Deputy Chairman Alan Jones AO, is considered the state’s premier annual sports awards and recognises achievement in 12 categories including academic excellence, career development, team and individual performances. Fox earned rave reviews for her performances at the 2013 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships as she came away with gold in the women’s C1, before teaming with fellow NSWIS athletes Rosalyn Lawrence and Alison Borrows in the women’s C1 team event. Along with her senior world championship gold, Fox won gold in the women’s C1 at the 2013 ICF Canoe Slalom Junior/U23 World Championships to completely dominate the world in the non-Olympic class, before adding bronze in the women’s C1 team event. She also won two World Cup rounds in the Olympic K1 class. The 19-year-old, who experienced a history making nomination period in the sporting arena that was highlighted by her two world championship gold medals, is nominated for three awards and said she was over the moon to be recognised. “It’s a great honour! There are so many very talented athletes at the NSWIS who are worthy of these awards and I’m very excited to be nominated again,” Fox said.    “The NSWIS has supported me since I was 14 with so many valuable services and this year was no different. “The year after the Olympics was an opportunity for me to set myself the challenge of racing two classes again and while there is still much to work on in K1 I’m happy with my progression in both events and I’m looking forward to 2014.” Others to be nominated for awards for outstanding performances in 2013 include London Paralympic gold medal winning swimmers Maddison Elliott and Matt Levy, junior rowing world champions Jessie Allen and Genevieve Horton and all time great wheelchair athlete turned coach Louise Sauvage. Full list of awards and nominees; Academic Excellence – General Tom Craig (Hockey – Men); Toby Kane (AWD – Winter Sports); Jessica Fox (Canoe Slalom); Will Forsythe (Canoe Slalom); Alexandra Green (AWD – Cycling) The University of Sydney Academic Excellence Angela Ballard (Wheelchair Track & Road); James Nipperess (Track & Field); Nina Khoury (Hockey – Women); Nicholas Hough (Track & Field); Lavinia Chrystal (Winter Sports) Career Development Matthew Levy (AWD – Swimming); John Farrow (Winter Sports); Lea Barta (Water Polo  – Women); Blake Govers (Hockey – Men); Tyler Martin (Water Polo  – Men); Nick Taylor (Wheelchair Basketball) Ian Thorpe OAM Outstanding Achievement Scott Kneller (Winter Sports); John Farrow (Winter Sports); Holly Crawford (Winter Sports); Will Forsythe (Canoe Slalom); Sami Kennedy (Winter Sports) Out & About Marketing and Media Junior Athlete of the Year Maddison Elliott (AWD – Swimming); Jack Edwards (Cycling); Britteny Cox (Winter Sports); Jayde Appel (Water Polo – Women); Noemie Fox (Canoe Slalom); Genevieve Horton (Rowing); Jessie Allen (Rowing) Mizuno Most Memorable Moment Jessica Fox (Canoe Slalom); James Magnussen (Swimming); Alex Pullin (Winter Sports); Erik Horrie (Rowing); Kenneth To (Swimming) Office of Communities, Sport and Recreation Regional Athlete of the Year Emma McKeon (Swimming); Maddison Elliott (AWD – Swimming); Taylor Corry (AWD – Swimming); Britteny Cox (Winter Sports); Jarrod Poort (Swimming) Samsung Electronics Australia Team Athlete of the Year Jayde Appel (Water Polo – Women); Alex Lloyd & Spencer Turrin (Rowing); Matt Levy (AWD – Swimming); Kathryn Ross (Rowing); James Clark (Water Polo – Men); Jessie Allen & Genevieve Horton (Rowing) Sydney Olympic Park Authority Program of the Year Canoe Slalom; Athletes with a Disability; Rowing; Swimming; Winter Sports; Water Polo – Women The Australian College of Physical Education Coach of the Year Louise Sauvage (Wheelchair Track & Road); Adam Kable (Swimming); Ben Wordsworth (Winter Sports); Brant Best (Swimming); Peter Topalovic (Winter Sports); Angelo Basalo (AWD – Swimming) Sydney City Toyota Female Athlete of the Year Angela Ballard (Wheelchair Track & Road); Maddison Elliott (AWD – Swimming); Jessica Fox (Canoe Slalom); Emma McKeon (Swimming); Holly Crawford (Winter Sports); Torah Bright (Winter Sports); Kathryn Ross (Rowing) ClubsNSW Male Athlete of the Year Alex Pullin (Winter Sports); Erik Horrie (Rowing); Kenneth To (Swimming); Matthew Levy (AWD – Swimming); Robert Hurley (Swimming); Alex Lloyd (Rowing); James Magnussen (Swimming); Spencer Turrin (Rowing)

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