NSWIS Athletes

Meet some of the athletes from the NSW Institute of Sport.

Aaron Royle

Aaron Royle is an Australian triathlete, dual Olympian and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.

In 2009 he represented Australia for the first time. He competed in the Youth Olympics and then at the junior world championships. Since then, Aaron has been competing around the world on the ITU circuit.

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Abbey Connor

Abbey Connor made her Commonwealth Games debut at the Birmingham 2022 Games and just missed the podium, finishing fourth in the women’s 200m butterfly. She made the Team after finishing second in the 200m butterfly at the 2022 Australian Championships, where she swam a personal best of 2:08.58.

In March 2021, the then 15-year-old broke the 200m butterfly age record set by Michelle Ford in 1978 at the NSW State Age Championships, lowering the mark to 2:12.60. A year later, she was selected for the World Junior Open Water Championships in the Seychelles.

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Abi Harrigan

Abi Harrigan is an Australian freestyle skier that competes in the freeski slopestyle, halfpipe, and big air disciplines. She qualified for her first Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

The NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder placed 3rd in slopestyle and 4th in big Air at the 2019 Australian New Zealand Cup before making her world cup debut a week later in Cardrona, New Zealand where she placed 18th in the halfpipe.

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Adam Dickson

Adam Dickson is an Australian Snowboarder who competes in the snowboard cross discipline. He was selected for his first Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games

Hailing from Jindabyne, Adam decided to fully dedicate himself to his snowboard cross after watching the Australian team compete at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

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Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert is an Australian snowboarder that competes in the snowboard cross discipline. He was selected for his second Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. 

Born and bred in Jindabyne in the NSW Snowy Mountains, Adam made his international debut as a 15-year-old in the 2013 Nor-Am Cup at Copper Mountain USA where he placed 20th. He went on to place 15th at his first FIS Junior World Championships in 2015 and then 5th at his next junior world championship appearance the following year. 

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Alexander Purnell OAM

NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) graduate rowing athlete Alexander Purnell is a world championship medallist and Olympic gold medallist.

Alex represented Australia at the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania before progressing into the U23 Australian squad. In 2015, Alex and the Men’s quadruple sculls crew finished on the podium with a bronze medal at the U23 world rowing championships.

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Alexander Tuckfield

Alexander Tuckfield will make his international swimming debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics as the third fastest S9 freestyler in the world. At 16 he is one of the youngest members of the Australian Paralympic Team.

Cross country running was the focus for the Sutherland Shire local until 2015 when he turned to swimming as a form of rehab for a running injury. Showing promise immediately, he quickly rose through the ranks and onto the national Para Development Squad.

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Alexandra Hulley

Alexandra Hulley won the silver medal in the women’s hammer at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and finished sixth in the same event at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“To be selected in this team means more than any other selection I’ve had. It’s very special. This time last year I would have never thought I’d be gaining selection into the team this week.”

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Amanda Reid OAM

Amanda Reid is a five-time para-cycling world champion and a two-time Paralympian that has represented Australia in both swimming and cycling. The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder will become a three-time Paralympian when she takes to the track at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Born in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Amanda was just 14 when she made her international swimming debut at the 2011 Global Games in Italy where she took home seven gold medals. The following year she was named on the Australian Paralympic swim team for the London 2012 Paralympics. The then 15-year-old, the youngest in the final, finished fifth in 100m Breaststroke SB14.

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Amanda Spratt

Amanda Spratt is an Olympic road cyclist who represented Australia at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and has been selected for her third Games at Tokyo 2020. The NSWIS scholarship holder is a three-time national champion and a world championship silver medallist.

Amanda began cycling at a young age, competing in National and international BMX events as a junior. At age 11 she represented Australia at the 1998 BMX World Championships in Melbourne before switching to road and track cycling. In 2004, Amanda competed at the World Junior Track Cycling Championships, the Youth Commonwealth Games, and the UCI Junior Road World Championships where she took bronze in the time trial.

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Amelia Hodgson

Amelia Hodgson is a sighted guide that works with and competes with para-alpine skier, Patrick Jensen.

Together with Patrick, she was selected for her first Australian Paralympic team for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.   Amelia grew up skiing and went on to become a ski instructor and then a coach. She was then asked to be a sighted guide and began working with Patrick in 2019.   The pair had a breakthrough 2019/20 season, claiming their first world cup medal, a bronze in Super-G, at the opening world cup event in Veysonnaz, Switzerland followed by two bronze medals in the slalom at the Prato Nevoso World Cup in Italy.

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Amy Ridge

Amy Ridge made her national team debut at the 2017 FINA World League Intercontinental tournament, where Australia defeated the USA to win gold. Since then, Ridge has been a key member of the Aussie Stingers squad.

In 2018, Ridge and her Stingers teammates won bronze at the FINA World Cup. In the same year, Ridge was ranked the second-highest goalscorer in the OVO Australian Water Polo League with 50 goals from 22 matches.

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Andrew Edmondson

Andrew Edmondson OAM is a member of the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers and a two-time Paralympian.

At 13 Andrew was playing Rugby Union for Scots College when he broke his neck in a bodysurfing accident at Sydney’s Coogee Beach. While doing rehab Andrew was introduced to wheelchair rugby. He then went to an Australian Paralympic Committee Come and Try Day and that began his wheelchair rugby career.

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Anneliese Rubie-Renshaw

Anneliese Rubie-Renshaw is a member of the Australian athletics team, an Olympian and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.

Rubie competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, qualifying for the semi-final in the 400m event and finishing in eighth place in the 4 x 400m relay.

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Ashlee Ankudinoff

Ashlee Ankudinoff is a Commonwealth and world champion track cyclist and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) graduate athlete.

At the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Pruszkow, Ankudinoff won gold in both the individual pursuit and team pursuit.

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Ashley Van Rijswijk

Para swimmer Ashley Van Rijswijk will wear the green and gold for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, where she will contend the 100m breaststroke (SB14) and the 200m individual medley (SM14).

A passion for swimming runs deep in the Van Rijswijk family. Ashley’s grandparents ran a swim club and her father was a competitive swimmer. Raised in Tumut in the Riverina region of NSW, Ashley and her family would rise at 3.30am to commute 90 minutes to Wagga Wagga for her training, before returning for school.

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Belle Brockhoff

Belle Brockhoff is an Australian snowboarder who competes in the snowboard cross discipline. She was selected for her third Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Skiing since she was three years old and with a rich history of winter sports in the family, Belle first took up snowboarding at age 10 and quickly earned her first interschool national title.

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Ben Tudhope

NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder, Ben Tudhope is regarded as one of the fiercest snowboard cross para-athletes in the world cup circuit.

Ben became Australia’s youngest ever Winter Paralympian when he was selected for the Sochi 2014 Games at the age of just 14. He was the youngest competitor of any delegation at the 2014 Winter Games and had the privilege of bearing the Australian flag for the opening ceremony.

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Bendere Oboya

Bendere Oboya is a specialist 400m runner, was the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games Champion and is a member of the Australian Olympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Born in Ethiopia and moving to Australia at age 3, the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder rose from obscurity in 2017, clocking 53.03s in the National Junior Championships 400m event to be selected for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games. Oboya ran another personal best (52.69) to become Commonwealth Youth Games Champion and earn a Commonwealth Games qualification time.

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Blake Govers

Hockey player Blake Govers is a member of the Australian national hockey team, the Kookaburras, playing in the position of forward. He made his Commonwealth Games debut at the 2022 Birmingham Games, winning a gold medal as a member of the Kookaburras who have won the gold medal seven times at the Commonwealth Games.

Blake, from Albion Park in Shellharbour, NSW, rose through the ranks of local and state hockey and was named in the Australian men’s under-21 for the 2013 Junior World Cup. In 2015 he scored on debut for the Kookaburras at the Hobart International Challenge. After an impressive performance for the Kookaburras at the 2015 World League where he was awarded top goal scorer of the tournament, Blake was selected to the Kookaburras squad for the Rio 2016 Olympics. The Kookaburras secured a top six finish in Rio.

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Bobbi Kelly

Bobbi Kelly is a sighted guide that works with para alpine skier Melissa Perrine, a two-time Paralympic medallist, and four-time world champion. Bobbi was selected for her first Australian Paralympic Team for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.  

With both her parents working at Perisher Resort, Bobbi grew up skiing and was a racer herself before she began coaching at her local club. Bobbi’s good friend and Melissa’s former guide, Christian Geiger, is the one who asked her to become a guide. Christian, who guided the para-alpine skier to two bronze medals at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics, encouraged Melissa and Bobbi to work together, and the team was quickly former ahead of the 2018/19 season. 

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Bradley Woodward

Bradley Woodward proved his worth for the Dolphins at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, winning three medals, a silver in the men’s 200m backstroke, a silver in men’s 4x 100m medley relay and a bronze in men’s 100m backstroke.

He also won three medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games – gold in the men’s 4×100 medley relay and silver in the men’s 100m and 200m backstroke.

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Brandon Starc

High jumper Brandon Starc is an Australian Olympian, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder. He won the gold medal in high jump at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. He was incredibly close to defending his title at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, however had to settle for the silver.

Brandon’s journey began in 2009 when he was a student at The Hills Sports High in Sydney’s northwest. The following year, at 16 years of age, he made his international debut at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore. In the final Brandon added 9cm to his personal best to jump 2.19cm – landing him on the podium with a silver medal. He went on to compete at the World Junior Athletes Championships in Barcelona where he finished in 6th place.

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Brendan Kerry

Brendan Kerry is a five-time Australian Men’s Figure Skating Champion. He is the first Australian to have successfully landed two quad jumps – the toe-loop and salchow, at an international competition.

Brendan grew up in Sydney and was initially coached by his mother, Monica MacDonald – a 1988 Calgary Ice Dance Olympian, before moving to California, USA in 2012 for training under coach, Tammy Gambill. Beginning his international career in 2008 at a Junior Grand Prix, the then 14-year-old placed 25th. Stepping up to the Senior Four Continents Championships in 2011, Brendan competed at the 2012 World Championships and won his first senior gold medal in 2013 at Skate Down Under.

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Brett Stibners

Wheelchair Basketballer Brett Stibners is three-time Paralympian and a World Championship Gold Medallist. He has been selected to compete at Tokyo 2020 Games – his fourth Paralympics.

Hailing from Shellharbour New South Wales, Brett began his elite sporting career in indoor hockey and in 2001 was selected onto the senior Australian indoor hockey team. Shortly after his selection Brett was involved in a car accident leaving him with irreparable damage to his right leg which had to be amputated above the knee.

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Britt Cox

Britt Cox is an Australian freestyle skier that competes in the mogul skiing discipline. She was selected to her fourth Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

The moguls skier became Australia’s youngest winter Olympian since 1960 when she made her debut in Vancouver. As Australia’s second-only youngest athlete to represent Australia in Winter Games history, she was the youngest competitor at the 2010 Games.

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Brittany O’Brien

Brittany O’Brien is an Olympic diver who competed for Australia in Rio Olympics 2016, as well as the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

At the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Brittany won a silver medal in the women’s 1m springboard and fifth with Esther Qin in the women’s synchronised 3m springboard.  

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Brodie Smith

Brodie Smith is a member of the Australian Women’s Goalball Team, the Aussie Belles, and will make her Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

First introduced to the sport in 2014, Brodie led the Australian youth team to a gold medal at the 2017 World Youth Championships in Hungary. The following year she was selected as a member the Aussie Belles Women’s squad for the 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships in Sweden, where the Australian women’s team made the quarter finals for the first time in history.

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Brodie Summers

Brodie Summers is an Australian freestyle skier who competes in the mogul skiing discipline. He was selected for his third Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Brodie made his Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games where he placed 13th after narrowly missing out on a spot in Final 2 by 0.1 of a point. Prior to his Olympic debut, Brodie placed seventh in Moguls and ninth in the dual moguls at the 2013 Ski World Championships in Voss, Norway.   After being forced to sit out the 2014/15 season due to back injury Brodie returned to form in 2016/17 where he finished on the world cup podium for the time after claiming bronze in Deer Valley, USA in February 2017. Six weeks later he went one better, taking silver at the world cup event in Taiwoo, China. The two world cup finishes earned Summers eighth position on the overall world rankings leader board for 2016/17.  Competing at the 2017 World Ski Championships in Spain, the NSW Institute of Sport athlete was just short of a top ten finish, placing 11th.   Brodie went on to qualify for his second Olympic Games at PyeongChang 2018. In the lead up he ruptured his ACL and undertook a relentless rehab program to give him the best chance at competing at a second Olympics. Unfortunately, in the final training session at PyeongChang, he flared up his knee injury and it was decided he would not line up for the event.  After making a full recovery, Brodie returned to the slopes during the 2018/2019 season and has since gone on to win another world cup silver medal Idre Fjall, Sweden in December 2020. Multiple top 10 finishes across the 2020/21 season saw Brodie finish the season ranked fifth in the world.

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Bronte Campbell

Bronte Campbell OAM won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

She has been highly successful on the international stage, winning gold at major events since 2014.

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Bronte Halligan

Before making her Aussie Stingers debut at just 17, Bronte Halligan represented Australia at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships and the 2014 FINA World Youth Championships.

Since then she has gone to consistently represent Australia at the highest level, including at the 2019 FINA World Championships where Halligan and her Stingers teammates won the Bronze medal after defeating Hungary.

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Caleb Ewan

Cycling sprint star and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete Caleb Ewan rides for UCI WorldTeam Lotto–Soudal.

Caleb is a winner of five individual stages in the Tour de France and is aptly nicknamed “Pocket Rocket”. He is an explosive sprinter and heads to his second Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after debuting in Glasgow in 2014.

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Cameron Bolton

Cameron Bolton is an Australian snowboarder that competes in the snowboard cross discipline. He was selected for his third Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Growing up, Cameron competed in both skiing and snowboarding before ultimately choosing snowboarding at age 15. His world cup debut came in 2011 and in January 2013 he competed at his first World Snowboard Championships, before achieving his first top ten finish two months later at the world cup event in March in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

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Cameron Girdlestone

Rower Cameron Girdlestone represented Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games and will wear the green and gold again at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Hailing from Sydney, Cameron took up rowing in 2003 and two years later made his international debut at the 2005 World Rowing Junior Championships in Brandenburg, Germany.

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Cameron Ivory

Cameron Ivory represented Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, where he finished eighth.

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Cameron McEntyre

Cameron McEntyre finished seventh in the men’s javelin on debut at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Growing up on the upper north shore of Sydney, Cameron went to Wahroonga Public School and during this time attended the local Little Athletics Club.

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Cate Campbell OAM

Cate Campbell OAM is an Australian swimmer, five-time Olympic medallist, four-time world champion and an NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.

As a three-time Olympian, Cate has won two Olympic gold medals as part of Australia’s victorious women’s 4x100m freestyle relay teams in London 2012 and Rio 2016. The Northern Metro Swimming Hub athlete has also claimed one Olympic silver (Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay, Rio 2016) and two bronze medals (Women’s 50m Freestyle and 4x100m Freestyle Relay, Beijing 2008).

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Charlie Hunter

Olympian Charlie Hunter contested the men’s 800m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Growing up on the NSW Central Coast Charlie Hunter was more likely to be swimming and surfing than running. At school football and rugby were his chosen sports, however, athletics was always in the picture joining Little Athletics as an under-9.

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Charlotte McShane

NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder Charlotte McShane represented Australia in triathlon at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games finishing 11th in the women’s sprint.

Born in Scotland to a family of triathletes, Charlotte first competed in triathlon as a 7-year-old. Watching her father Frank compete in the Hawaii Ironman had an inspirational and profound influence on her life.

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Christie Dawes

Wheelchair Racer Christie Dawes has represented Australia in athletics at an incredible seven Paralympics Games from 1996 to 2021 and won three medals. She won silver medals in the women’s 4x100m T53-54 at the 2008 Beijing and 2016 Paralympic Games and won a bronze medal in the women’s 5000m T54 at the 2012 London Paralympics. At her most recent Paralympics in Tokyo 2020, Christie finished eighth in the women’s marathon event.

Competing at her third Commonwealth Games in 2022 and determined to secure an elusive medal, 42-year-old Christie finished fourth in the women’s marathon T53/54.

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Cooper Woods

Cooper Woods is an Australian freestyle skier who competes in the mogul skiing discipline. He was selected for his first Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Hailing from the NSW South Coast, Cooper joined the Perisher Winter Sports Club at age 12 and was awarded a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Scholarship at 16. It can be said that Cooper was destined to be a professional skier. His mum, Katrina Woods, is an Australian aerial skier and his uncle, Peter Topalovic, is the legendary Perisher and Australian mogul team coach and Winter Sports Program Coordinator at NSWIS. 

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Courtney Schonell

Courtney Schonell plays hockey as a forward and is selected for the 2022 Australian Commonwealth Games Team. She represented Australia at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

In 2018, Courtney made her first appearance for the Australia in the U21 team during a test series against New Zealand. Following this she represented the team in 2019 at the Tri Nations Tournament in Canberra as well as the 2020 test series against Japan in Canberra.

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Dani Stevens

Since bursting onto the scene Dani has dominated Australian domestic competition. She has competed in both discus and shot put at the national and international level, but discus is where she excelled.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games was Dani’s first senior international competition and where, after coming from behind to snatch bronze in discus, she become the youngest Australian to medal in a throwing event at the Commonwealth Games. Then, in 2009 at age 21, Dani become the youngest-ever female discus world champion when she threw three personal bests in succession and 65.44m to win gold at the IAAF World Championships.

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Daniel Michel

Daniel Michael won Australia’s first ever individual boccia medal at a Paralympic Games when he claimed bronze in the Mixed Individual BC3 event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

15-year-old Daniel attended at a Muscular Dystrophy camp in 2010 where he was first introduced to boccia. It was here his journey began. He started training and began competing, going on to win junior state and national titles.

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Declan Stacey

NSW Institute of Sport diver Declan Stacey made the switch from gymnastics to diving after a successful junior athletic career.

Stacey has gone on to win several international medals, including FINA World Cup and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medals in the synchronized events.

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Dominic Clarke

Dominic Clarke is an Australian trampoline gymnast and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder who will make his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Following significant success in the junior international trampoline ranks, Dominic successfully transitioned to the senior international level in 2015, and has since won numerous Australian titles.

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Dylan Littlehales

NSWIS Para-canoeist, Dylan Littlehales, represented Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympics and will hit the water again at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Hailing from the NSW Central Coast, Dylan was introduced to para canoe at 14 by his uncle who was a head coach for the Australian canoe slalom team. The timing was perfect; Para canoe was making its debut at the next Paralympics in Rio and the Avoca Kayak club had just started up – and so Dylan’s journey began.

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Dylan Martin

NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) hockey graduate, Dylan Martin, is a defender in the Australian Men’s National Team, the Kookaburras, and will make his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Born and raised in Wagga Wagga NSW, Dylan was a member of the NSW Under 21s team that won the 2019 Australian Championships, where he was named Player of the Tournament, and was a standout for the victorious NSW Pride team that took out the inaugural Hockey One competition in 2019.

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Ed Trippas

Australian Olympian Ed Trippas finished seventh in the men’s 3000m steeplechase at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Ed started running when he joined Little Athletics at eight years of age. He began steeplechase at 15 and two years later ran a time of 5:55 (2000m steeple) and a brilliant 9:04 for the 3000m steeplechase a few months later. Both performances earned him national medals. In 2017 he made his international debut in the junior event at the World Cross Country Championships. Later that year he commenced an Economics degree at Princeton University and is due to graduate in mid-2022.

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Eileen Cikamatana

Weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana won a gold medal for Australia in the women’s 87kg at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, breaking three Commonwealth Games records in the process.

Eileen won a gold medal in the 87kg for Australia at the 2021 Oceania Championships and comfortably collected three gold medals at the Roma 2020 Weightlifting World Cup finishing on a total of 255kg in the 81kg division, with 115kg in the snatch and 140kg in the clean and jerk.

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Eleanor Patterson

Eleanor Patterson is a member of the Australian athletics team and an NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder. 

In 2022, Eleanor was crowned world champion in high jump when she won the gold medal at the Oregon World Championships. A few weeks later she won the silver medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

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Elle Armit

Water polo player, Elle Armit is a member of the Australian women’s national team, The Stingers, and is a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.

With over 70 international caps, Elle made her Stingers debut in 2013 and competed at that year’s FINA World League Preliminaries. She has since been a consistent member of the squad.

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Ellie Cole OAM

Ellie Cole is a three-time Paralympian who has amassed an incredible 17 Paralympic medals (including six gold), 10 world championship medals and four Commonwealth Games medals. She has broken numerous Australian and world records and was the first female S9 swimmer to break 29 seconds in the 50m freestyle when she touched the wall in 28.75 at the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships – smashing her idol Natalie du Toit’s decade old record.

The NSWIS scholarship holder is a four-time Commonwealth Games medallist and made her Commonwealth Games debut as an 18-year-old at the Delhi 2010 Games winning bronze in the women’s S9 100m freestyle and S9 100m butterfly events. After missing the Glasgow 2014 Games due to injury rehabilitation, Cole returned at the Gold Coast 2018 Games to win silver in S9 100m backstroke and bronze in the S9 100m freestyle.

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Eloise Wellings

At 39 years of age, Eloise Wellings finished fourth in the women’s marathon at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, her fifth appearance at these Games. The two-time Olympian becomes the first Australian track and field athlete to compete at five Commonwealth Games.

The NSWIS scholarship holder has a history of success on the track, making finals at the Olympics, world championships and Commonwealth Games, and has enjoyed the distance shift up to the marathon.

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Emily Arthur

Emily Arthur is an Australian snowboarder that competes in the snowboard halfpipe discipline. She was selected for her second Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Hailing from Woronora Heights in the Sutherland Shire, Emily was just shy of her 14th birthday when she qualified for her first world cup in 2013. The following year she claimed bronze at the junior world championships, before advancing to the 2015 World Snowboard Championships in Austria where she placed 16th. 

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Emily Chalker

Emily Chalker is a member of the Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, and a dual Olympian who will compete at her third Olympic games at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Hailing from the small county town of Crookwell, in the NSW southern tablelands, Emily’s love for hockey started at age five. Fast forward 14 years and Emily was making her senior national team debut at the 2011 Oceania Cup against New Zealand. The then 19-year-old scored her first international goal in the second game of the competition and came home with the silver medal from the tournament.

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Emma Jeffcoat

Emma Jeffcoat is an Australian triathlete and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship athlete who will make her Olympic debut at the 2021 Toyko Games.

After turning pro in 2015, Jeffcoat has enjoyed wins at ITU World Cup events in Mooloolaba and Chengdu in 2018 and Tiszaujvaros in 2019. Additionally, she has been part of the successful Australian mixed relay team and took the win in Abu Dhabi in 2019.

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Erik Horrie

Triple Paralympian Erik Horrie is a three-time Paralympic medallist and a five-time para-rowing world champion.

After a car accident at 21 years of age left him a paraplegic, Erik took up wheelchair basketball and went on to represent Australia. He was a member of the Australian men’s team, the Rollers, that won gold at the 2009 IWBF Oceania Championships.

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Esther Qin

Esther Qin is an Olympic diver, who competes in the women’s 3m springboard event. The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder is a dual Olympian, four-time Commonwealth Games medallist, and a world championship bronze medallist.

Born and raised in China, Esther’s initial sport of choice was gymnastics before taking up diving at the age of 11. In 2009, when Esther was 17, her family moved to Australia where she continued diving. She was awarded an NSWIS Scholarship in 2012, training under head coach Chava Sobrino.

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Evan O’Hanlon

Evan O’Hanlon has the perfect Commonwealth Games record – one race and one gold in the men’s T37/38 100m – at both the Gold Coast 2018 and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“I’m very excited to be selected to my second Commonwealth Games. Hopefully I can repay the efforts of everyone involved by bringing home another medal for Australia. I was lucky to be raised in a family, went to schools and lived in an area where sport was a part of life. This got me into sport early and I have obviously reaped the benefits.”

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Evie Haseldine

Evie Haseldine is a sailor and Paris 2024 Olympic hopeful.

The Sydneysider is a young Australian sailor who has dreamt of competing in an Olympic Games ever since she started sailing. At the age of 14, Evie competed at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in 2018.

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Flynn Ogilvie

Flynn Ogilvie plays midfield in the Australian men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras. He represented Australia at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, his second Commonwealth Games appearance, winning a gold medal as a member of the Kookaburras who have won the gold medal seven times at the Commonwealth Games.

Hailing from Woonona in Wollongong, Flynn discovered hockey at age five and had a decorated junior career, including a representative debut for Australia at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games where the Australians won gold.

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Genevieve Horton

Genevieve Horton is a NSWIS Graduate rowing athlete and will compete at her second Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In her first year wearing the green and gold, Horton paired with Jessie Allen to become 2013 junior world champions, while also forming part of the senior women’s eight that won gold at the World Rowing Cup in Sydney.

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Georgia Winkcup

Georgia Winkcup is a member of the Australian athletics team and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder who will make her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games. 

Hailing from Sydney, New South Wales, Winkcup began her international 3,000 metre steeplechase journey at the 2016 World Junior Championships where she claimed a top 20 placing. 

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Georgina Rowe

NSWIS graduate athlete Georgina Rowe is a world championship silver medallist rower and a member of the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020, where she will make her Olympic debut.

Raised on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Georgina competed for her local surf lifesaving club in surfboat rowing before taking up still water rowing in 2017.

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Gordon Allan

Para cyclist Gordon Allan has had podium finishes at both the 2019 and 2020 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships and competed at his maiden Paralympics when he took to the track at Tokyo 2020.

Gordon’s journey to elite cycling began in 2011 when he attended a Paralympics Australia Talent day. Following the talent day he received a call from Paralympic cyclist Peter Brooks, who won two gold medals at the Athens Games, encouraging him to start cycling. From there Gordon joined Parramatta Cycling Club and then the Western Sydney Academy of Sport’s cycling program.

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Grace Stewart

Hockey player Grace Stewart is a member of the Australian women’s hockey team the Hockeyroos and and a two-time Olympian. She won a silver medal at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Hailing from Gerringong in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Grace first started playing Hockey at five and rose through the ranks, selected to for her local representative and state teams and was awarded a scholarship to the NSW Institute of Sport.

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Greta Hayes

Greta Hayes represented Australia in hockey at the 2020 Olympic Games and makes her Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham 2022.

In 2016, Greta was a member of the Australian Junior World Cup Team where she helped the Aussie side to a bronze medal. Two years later, she played in the 2017 Australian Hockey League with the NSW Arrows. Scoring during the Grand Final match, Greta’s team was triumphant and finished the tournament with a 7-6 win over the WA Diamonds.

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Greta Small

Greta Small is an Australian alpine skier that competes in downhill, super-g and alpine combined events. Her selection at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games marks her third Olympic team selection, having also competed at Sochi in 2014 and PyeongChang in 2018.

Greta first started skiing at just two years of age on a pair of plastic skis and began racing at age 11. She was selected onto the Australian team for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics Games in Innsbruck, Austria, and given the honour of flagbearer. Competing in four events the then 16-year-old placed seventh in both slalom and super-g and 13th in the giant slalom and super-combined.

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Guy Henly

Paralympian Guy Henly represented Australia in discus F37 at the Rio 2016 Paralympics and is a four-time world championship medallist. He will return to the Paralympic arena at the Tokto 2020 Games.

Guy, who is from Sydney, was first introduced to discus and shot put at a Paralympics Australia Talent Day in 2010. Eight months later he won gold at the 2011 Arafura Games in Darwin.

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Hannah Buckling

Hannah Buckling first debuted for the Aussie Stingers in 2011 at the Canada Cup where she scored a goal in the final to help Australia win Gold. That same year Buckling was also named Water Polo Australia’s Junior Female Player of the Year.

In 2013, the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder travelled to the USA where she spent a season playing for the University of Southern California Trojans. In her single season, she netted 40 goals for the Trojans, earning All-American honours and helping the team win the NCAA Championship. Buckling then headed to the 2013 FINA World Championship in Barcelona where she and her Stingers teammates won silver.

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Harriet Hudson

Harriet Hudson is a member of the Australian Rowing Team and a NSWIS Graduate athlete and a two-two World Rowing U23 World Championship silver medallist.

Raised in Warwick in rural Queensland, Harriet took up rowing at boarding school in Brisbane. In 2016 she relocated to Sydney to undertake tertiary study and joined Sydney Rowing Club. At the 2016 Australian Rowing Championships, Harriet racing for Sydney Rowing Club, winning all three under 19 Australian national titles in the sculling boat classes. That same year she made her Australian representative debut at the 2016 World Junior Rowing Championships, placing sixth in the single scull.

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Imalia Oktrininda

Para archer Imalia Oktrininda will make her Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games where she will compete in the women’s individual recurve open and the mixed teams recurve.

With an opportunity for Australia to obtain additional qualification spots for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Imalia travelled to the Czech republic to compete at the Para Archery World Ranking and Final Paralympic Qualification Tournament. The NSWIS scholarship holder claimed gold in the women’s recurve open, defeating Nataliya Malykh.

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Jack Hargreaves OAM

Jack Hargreaves is a two-time world champion rower in the men’s coxless four and made his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games where he won gold with his men’s coxless four team.

Raised in Nyngan in the NSW outback, Jack attended boarding school in NSW where he took up rowing. Following school, Jack represented Sydney University Boat Club and in 2013 the young rower made his Australian representative debut racing in the men’s eight at the World Rowing Cup I in Sydney where the crew finished third.

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Jade Lucy

Jade Lucy represented Australia in swimming at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and finished seventh in the women’s 200m freestyle S14. She was part of the three-strong Australian contingent who contested the 200m freestyle S14 in Birmingham, the first time the event has been held for women at the Commonwealth Games.

Jade, who grew up in Engadine in Sydney’s south and trains under Gavin Stewart at SLC Aquadot, claimed five gold medals at the 2017 International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) Global Games in Mexico and was named captain for the 2019 event in Brisbane. She was also selected for the Australian Team for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, but Birmingham 2022 will be her Commonwealth Games debut.

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Jaime Ryan

Jaime Ryan is a sailing athlete who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the women’s 470 class with sailing partner Carrie Smith.

Hailing from Lake Macquarie in NSW, Ryan was also selected to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, this time in the women’s 49erFX class with crewmate Tess Lloyd.

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Jakara Anthony

Jakara Anthony is a Australian freestyle skier who competes in mogul skiing. She was selected for her second Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games where she won gold in the women’s moguls event.

Competing in her first-ever Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Jakara was Australia’s highest placed female mogul skier, narrowly missing the podium in fourth place.

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James Matheson

James Matheson is an Australian freestyle skier that competes in mogul skiing. He was selected for second Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Born in Buenos Aires, James’ family eventually settled in Sydney, and in 2004 he took up freestyle skiing, training with Perisher Winter Sports Club. At just 15, James made his international debut competing on the 2010 Europa Cup Tour. He went on to qualify for his world cup event in Deer Valley in 2013.

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James Willett

Trap Shooter James Willett is an NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder and an Australian Olympian.

The Mulwala resident made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where he finished fifth in the Double Trap event.

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Jamieson Leeson

Paralympian Boccia athlete Jamieson Leeson made her Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games, competing in the Mixed Pairs BC3 event.

Jamieson, who hails from Dunedoo in central NEW South Wales, played Boccia casually growing up but decided to pursue the sport professionally after she was scouted at school boccia competition in 2018.

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Jarryd Hughes

Jarryd Hughes is an Australian snowboarder that competes in the snowboard cross discipline. He was selected for his third Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games

As an up-and-coming snowboard cross athlete, Jarryd claimed silver in the 2012 Junior World Championship. He then suffered a major setback in 2013 and required knee surgery.

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Jasmine Greenwood

Para swimmer Jasmine Greenwood is a Paralympic and world championship medallist.

Hailing from Sussex Inlet in NSW, Jasmine first started competing at age 10 and before she was even a teenager had representing Australia. Making her international debut at the 2017 Canadian Open the 12-year-old announced herself to the world by winning bronze in the women’s 100 backstroke (SB9).

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Jason Waterhouse

Sailor Jason Waterhouse won the silver medal in the mixed Nacra 17 at the Rio 2016 Olympics with his sailing partner (and cousin) Lisa Darmanin.

The Rio silver medallists return to the Olympic arena for Tokyo 2020 in the mixed-crew Nacra class. The pair have consistently been among the world’s best, backing up a stunning 2018/19 season which included a run of four international victories in five events with back-to-back bronze medals at the 2019 and 2020 Nacra 17 World Championships.

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Jessica Fox OAM

Jessica Fox is a two-time Olympic medallist, seven-time world champion and hailed as the greatest individual paddler of all time.

The NSWIS scholarship holder amassed numerous junior world championship titles before announcing herself on the world stage at the London 2012 Olympic Games. At just 18-years-old, Jess produced one of the meet’s surprising performances to take silver in the women’s K1 event. The result made her the youngest woman to ever medal in canoe slalom at the Olympics.

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Jessica Hull

Jessica Hull is a middle-distance runner who made her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Unable to compete in both the 1500m and 5000m, Jessica dropped the 5000m from her program and showed remarkable improvement in the 1500m heats with a personal best time of 3:58.81 to set the national record. Jessica made the final and finished 11th in a time of 4:02.63.

At the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Jessica finished eighth (4:07.31) in the women’s 1500m event.

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Jessy Chen

Thirty two year-old Junjian (Jessy) Chen represented Australia in the Australian Para table tennis team at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

In 2006, when he was 16-years-old, Jessy’s family moved from southern China to the Solomon Islands. Anti-Chinese violence arose shortly after the family’s arrival, which saw Chinese businesses targeted, with families being set upon in brutal racist attacks.

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Jo Brigden-Jones

Kayaker Jo Brigden-Jones is a world championship medalist who has been a member of the Australian Canoe Sprint Team since 2004.

Brigden-Jones competed at the London 2012 Olympics in the K4 500m event and will return to the Olympic arena for Tokyo 2020.

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Jocelyn Bartram

Jocelyn Bartram won a silver medal in hockey at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. She plays in the position of goal keeper.

Hailing from Albury, Jocelyn progressed from being a 2016 Hockey Australia scholarship holder in the National Development Squad, to a member of the Hockeyroos in 2017.

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Jonathan Goerlach

Jonathan Goerlach is a para-triathlete who competes in the PT5 Visually Impaired category. He represented Australia at the 2020 Summer Paralympics and won a bronze medal in the men’s PTVI at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Jonathan first became involved in triathlon in 2012 and won the Australian National Champion medal consecutively from 2013 – 2017 and the Oceanic Paratriathlon Champion Medal six times.

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Josh Hanlon

Josh Hanlon is an Australian para-alpine skier that competes in the men’s sit-ski discipline. He was selected for his first Australian Paralympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.   As a teenager, Josh was a budding Australian Rules footy player. Hailing from Weethalle in central west NSW, the young athlete was selected into the Greater Western Sydney Giants Academy where he spent four years in the program through to U19. At age 20, a fit and healthy Josh began to feel unwell suddenly and went to hospital. His organs were shutting down due to a severe bacterial infection. During the efforts to save his life, he suffered blood clots which led to the amputation of his right hand and both legs below the knee.   12 months later, and in the winter of 2019, Josh took to the slopes to try sit skiing for the first time. By the 2019/20 season, he was on his first overseas trip with the Australian Winter Para-alpine development squad, and in April 2020, he became an NSWIS scholarship holder.   Despite the challenges of the covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, with many international competitions being cancelled and limited time on the snow, Josh has had a remarkable rise in his first two years in the sports.   With the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics in his sights, Josh competed at the Europa Cup event in Resterhoehe, Austria in November 2021 where he earned a wildcard entry into the World Cup circuit. At the 2021-22 St Moritz World Cup event, he placed 17th in the men’s sitting Giant Slalom 1, before improving on his performance to place ninth in the Giant Slalom 2 the next day.   Josh made his world championship debut at the 2022 Para-Alpine World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway, where he recorded two top-ten finishes – placing 8th in both the Men’s Sitting Giant Slalom and Slalom.

Continuing his form off the back of his world championship performances, Josh captured attention when he recorded an 11th place finish in his first race (the men’s giant slalom sitting) at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. Josh then went on to go top-ten on debut and finish off his first Paralympic campaign with an outstanding sixth in the slalom.

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Joshua Azzopardi

Joshua Azzopardi represented Australia in athletics at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The NSWIS scholarship holder is a born and bred western Sydney local, having grown up in Grasmere close to Camden, attending Macarthur Anglican School.

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Josie Baff

Josie Baff is an Australian snowboarder that competes in the snowboard cross discipline. She was selected for her first Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Josie made history when she became Australia’s first-ever Winter Youth Olympic Games Champion after winning gold in the Snowboard Cross event at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Games.

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Kaarle McCulloch

Track cyclist Kaarle McCulloch is a four-time world champion in the team sprint event.

Kaarle won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics and has been with the NSW Institute of Sport for over ten years.

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Kailani Craine

Kailani Craine is a dual Olympic Figure Skater who made her debut at just 19-years-of-age at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.

She won her first Australian Junior title in December 2012 and backed up her title in consecutive years between 2013 and 2015. In 2014, the Junior champion also contested the senior title and earned gold to become the Australian Ladies Figure Skating Champion – a title she successfully defended in 2015 and 2016.

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Kaitlin Nobbs

Kaitlin Nobbs represented Australia in hockey at the 2020 Olympic Games and was a member of the 2018 Commonwealth Games team, claiming a silver medal in the women’s event. She also claimed silver in the 2018 Champions Trophy and 2019 FIH Pro League.

For Kaitlin Nobbs, hockey is a part of her DNA with the sport playing a major role in her family history. Her mother, Lee Capes, is a Hockeyroo gold medallist from the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. While her father, Michael Nobbs, represented Australia at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and coached the Indian team at the London 2012 Olympics.

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Kaitlin Nobbs

Hockey player Kaitlin Nobbs is a defender in the Australian women’s team, the Hockeyroos, and made her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

At the 2022 Commonwealth Games, she was a member of the Hockeyroos team that won the silver medal.

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Kate Jenner

Kate Jenner is a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) graduate athlete and a member of the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, the Hockeyroos.

The experienced athlete represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London before she went on to play in the victorian Australian team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Keesja Gofers

With over 200 international caps to her name, Keesja Gofers is a senior member of the Australian women’s water polo team, the Aussie Stingers. She made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where the Stingers narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-finals.

Since being called up to the national team in 2010, Keesja has won multiple World Championship and World Cup medals including Bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and the 2018 FINA World Cup in Surgut, Russia.

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Kieran Woolley

Kieran Woolley is an Australian skateboarder and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder. He will make his Olympic debut at the 2021 Tokyo Games, the first time skateboarding will be included at the Olympics.

Kieran has won numerous open and under-age Australian Skate League national street, park and bowl titles.

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Kurt Lovett

Kurt Lovett is a hockey player with the NSW Institute of Sport.

The Australian Under 21 Burras team – of which Kurt was a player – competed in the Junior World Cup Semi Final against India in 2017.

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Lachlan Sharp

Lachlan Sharp is a midfielder with the Australian men’s hockey team the Kookaburras.

Hailing from Lithgow in the central tablelands of New South Wales, Lachlan grew up playing for his local club and at 13 joined Ryde Hockey Club – along with his dad who took up a coaching role. Both father and son would make the long commute from Lithgow to Sydney and back three times a week. The dedication and sacrifice would pay off with Lachlan working his way onto the Australian U21 team for the 2016 Hockey Junior World Cup in India where the Australians finished fourth.

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Lachlan Tame

Kayaker Lachlan Tame won bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the K2 1000m. The 2015 world champion has won multiple World Championship and World Cup medals, including gold in the K2 500m and silver in the K2 1000m at the 2015 World Championships.

After taking a two-year break from the sport and undergoing shoulder surgery, Tame returned in 2019 where he led the Men’s K4 500m at the World Championships to secure an Olympic quota spot for Australia for Tokyo 2020.

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Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker is a paratriathlon athlete who won gold in the Para Triathlon Wheelchair (PTWC) event at the 2019 World Championships in Lausanne.

Previous to this, Parker won bronze in PTWC at the 2018 World Championships as well as the 2018 Commonwealth Games, both held on the Gold Coast.

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Lea Yanitsas

Lea Yanitsas is a goalkeeper for the Australian Women’s Water Polo Team and is a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.

Yanitsas was part of the 2016 Australia Women’s Water Polo Team who narrowly missed out on a place in the Olympic semi-finals after their quarter-final match with Hungary was decided on penalty shootout.

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Lena Mihailovic

Water Polo player Lena Mihailovic made her debut for the Australian national team in 2017. The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder was a member of the Aussie Stingers squad that won bronze at the 2019 FINA World Championships and silver at the 2019 FINA World League Intercontinental Cup.

Mihailovic grew up playing water polo in her native Serbia and in Turkey. In 2011 she relocated with her family to Australia, where she joined Cronulla Water Polo Club.

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Lisa Darmanin

Sailor Lisa Darmanin won the silver medal in the mixed Nacra 17 at the Rio 2016 Olympics with her sailing partner (and cousin) Jason Waterhouse.

The Rio silver medallists return to the Olympic arena for Tokyo 2020 in the mixed-crew Nacra class. The pair have consistently been among the world’s best, backing up a stunning 2018/19 season which included a run of four international victories in five events with back-to-back bronze medals at the 2019 and 2020 Nacra 17 World Championships.

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Lucien Delfour

Lucien Delfour is a canoe slalom athlete who competed in the K1 event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Delfour has had multiple podium finishes at World Cup level, including silver at the 2019 World Cup in Markkleeberg, Germany.

Following wins in the K1 at both the 2020 ICF Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships and 2020 Australian Open it was announced that Delfour was off to his second Olympics where he will contest the K1 at Tokyo 2020.

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Luke Pople

Luke “Popes” Pople won a gold medal for Australia in 3×3 basketball at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Luke, who hails from Wollongong, was born with spina bifida and started using a wheelchair from the age of eight. When he was 13 he was approached at a shopping center by Eino Okkonen, the founder of the Wollongong Roller Hawks, to come and try wheelchair basketball.

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Mackenzie Little

Mackenzie Little won a silver medal in the women’s javelin on debut at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The javelin thrower started her athletics journey at Northern Suburbs Little Athletics in the Under-6s, but moved on to team sports – soccer, softball, water polo and hockey as she grew older.

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Mackenzie Little

Mackenzie Little is a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder who gained junior international medal success in javelin when she won gold at the 2013 World Youth Championships. 

Hailing from Sydney, New South Wales, Mackenzie then progressed onto the senior stage and claimed notable records during her college career at Stanford University, USA.  Having just missed out on selection for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the javelin thrower turned her focus towards on Tokyo. 

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Madison De Rozario OAM

NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder, Madison De Rozario OAM, is an Australian Paralympic athlete and wheelchair racer who specialises in middle and long-distance events. She has competed at four Paralympics, winning two gold medals, three silver and a bronze. She has also won ten medals (three gold, three silver and four bronze) at the World Para Athletics Championships and four gold at the Commonwealth Games.

At the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the reigning champion Madison De Rozario defended her Commonwealth Games titles, winning gold in both the women’s marathon and the women’s 1500m T53 / T54.

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Madison Hoffman

Madison Hoffman is an Australian alpine skier who competes in the slalom and giant slalom disciplines. She was selected for her first Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games but a devastating ACL injury, sustained just days out from the Games, ruled her out of competition.

Considered one of the young Australian talents, Madi has been a member of the Australian National Alpine Ski team since 2016 and is no stranger to competition after having first competed from as young as age five alongside brother, Tom Hoffman. 

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Mariah Williams

Mariah Williams is a member of the Australian women’s hockey team the Hockeyroos, a dual Olympian (Rio 2016 & Tokyo 2020) and She won a silver medal at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Born in Parkes in the central west region of New South Wales, Mariah was just four years old when she first picked up a hockey stick. A visit from former Kookaburra and three-time Olympian, Stephen Davies (also from Parkes), to Mariah’s primary school inspired her to think she too could one day play Hockey for Australia. Moving to Newcastle at 14 Mariah joined Hunter Sports High and from there went on to represent her state and was offered a scholarship to the NSW Institute of Sport.

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Matilda Kearns

Water polo player Matilda Kearns will make her Olympic debut at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the age of 20.

The Aussie Stingers forward took up water polo in high school and went on to represent Australia at the 2016 and 2018 FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships, the 2017 FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships and the 2019 Summer Universiade.

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Matt Graham

Matt Graham is an Australian freestyle skier and silver medallist that competes in the mogul skiing discipline. He was selected for his third Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

A member of the Perisher Winter Sports Club from the age of six, Matt made his international debut at 15 years-old, and has gone from strength to strength, He made his Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics following some fantastic form throughout the 2013 season. His first Olympics resulted in a final where he took seventh place.

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Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox is an Australian snowboarder who competes in the Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air disciplines. He was selected for his first Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

The NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder is one of only a few Australian riders to claim a triple cork.

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Matthew Dawson

Matthew Dawson is a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) graduate athlete, a member of the Australian Men’s Hockey Team, the Kookaburras, and an Australian Olympic representative. He represented Australia for the second time at the 2022 Commonwealth Games Team, winning a gold medal as a member of the Kookaburras who have won the gold medal seven times at the Commonwealth Games.

Hailing from Killarney Vale on the NSW Central Coast, the defender first started playing hockey at 8 and by 15, he was being selected to the NSW youth teams.

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Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson made his Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games competing in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events.

Whilst he did not medal the Olympic Games, he won gold in the 4x100m mixed medley and silver in the 200m breaststroke at the Gwangju 2019 World Aquatics Championships.

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Melissa Perrine

Para alpine skier Melissa Perrine is a two-time Paralympic bronze medallist and four-time world champion.

Born in Nowra on the NSW south coast, Melissa started skiing when she was 12. In 2009 She made her Australian representative debut at the IPC North America Cup, where she claimed silver in the Super G with guide Andrew Bor.

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Melissa Wu

Australian diver Melissa Wu is an Olympic silver medallist, a world championship medallist, and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.

The Sydneysider has represented Australia at four Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020) becoming just the third Australian diver to compete at four Olympics.

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Michael Auprince

Dual sport Paralympian Michael Auprince represented Australia in swimming at the London 2012 Paralympic Games before switching to wheelchair basketball. He is a member of the Australian Rollers Team that will compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Michael, who hails from Sydney, took up swimming as a form of therapy after having his left leg amputated at age 10. He dominated at junior events and went on to make his international swimming debut in 2009. The following year he made the 100m backstroke at the IPC Swimming World Championships. Selected on to the Australian Team for the London 2012 Paralympics, Michael competed in multiple events and helped Australia to gold in the 4x100m freestyle (34 points) and bronze 4x 100m medley (34 points).

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Morgan Blamey

As part of the Australian Development Squad, Morgan’s sights are set on the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, 2023 India World Cup and 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Morgan has continued her national program development having previously been part of the Arrows Squad.  She was part of the NSW Pride team that competed in the inaugural Hockey One competition in 2019 and is also a member of the squad for the 2021 competition.

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Morgan McDonald

Morgan McDonald is a member of the Australian Athletics team and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.  He will make his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games. 

Hailing from Sydney, New South Wales, McDonald competed internationally as a junior in both track and cross country, most notably gaining a top 10 placing at the 2014 World Junior Championships in the 5000m. 

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Murray Stewart

Murray Stewart is an Olympic gold winning kayaker. Stewart secured gold in the 2012 London Olympic Games for the K4 1000m event.

Stewart then went on to win bronze in 2013 and gold in 2017 at the World Championships, both in the K4 1000m.

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Natalie Van Coevorden

NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder Natalie Van Coevorden represented Australia in triathlon at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and won a bronze medal in the mixed team relay and finished 14th in the women’s sprint.

Born and bred in Campbelltown, the 29-year-old will make her Commonwealth Games debut, rounding out a 14-strong Para and able-bodied triathlon squad.

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Nic Beveridge

Paralympian Nic Beveridge is a member of the Triathlon Australia team and a Commonwealth Games silver medallist.

Nic first competed on the international circuit at the 2013 ITU World Championships in London where he finished 17th in the Men’s PT1 event. He went on to represent Australia at the 2016 Rotterdam ITU Paratriathlon World Championships where he placed 11th.

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Nicholas Hough

Nick Hough is a member of the Australian Athletics team and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder. He finished seventh in the men’s 110m hurdles (13.83) at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. 

A talented junior, Nick emerged in Little Athletics and GPS school athletics competition for The Kings School. He was an all-rounder, competing in sprints, hurdles, jumps and the shot put.

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Nicholas Lavery

Nicholas Lavery is a member of the Australian Rowing Team and will make his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, competing in the men’s eight.

Raised in Victoria, Nicholas began rowing in high school before relocating to NSW and joining UTS Rowing Club.

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Nicola Olyslagers

Nicola Olyslagers is an Olympic Games silver medallist, the Australian women’s high jump record holder (2.02m) and an NSWIS scholarship holder. She won the bronze medal in women’s high jump on debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and withdrew due to injury in the same event at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete was first introduced to high jump at her local little athletics club on the Central Coast of New South Wales when she was seven years old. At age 11, she began working with coach Matt Horsnell who still coaches her to this day. Her personal bests increased year on year and in 2014 Nicola first represented Australia at the IAAF World Junior Championships where she finished 16th.

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Noemie Fox

Slalom canoeist Noemie Fox has had podium finishes at the World Championships and World Cup Events.

Fox teamed up with Rosalyn Lawrence and older sister Jessica Fox to win the women’s C1 Team event at the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in La Seu, Spain. The NSWIS trio had previously won silver in the same team event at the 2017 World Championships.

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Oliver Hoare

At 25 years of age Oliver Hoare etched his name in the history books as the new Herb Elliott, when he won the gold medal in the men’s 1500m, one of the greatest races in Australia’s running history, at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

He made his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games finishing 11th in the final of the men’s 1500m after running one of his best ever times of 3:34.35 in the semifinal.  

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Pascalle Casey

Pascalle Casey is a Waterpolo player who has won gold at the World University Games.

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Patrick Jensen

Patrick Jensen is a visually impaired para-alpine skier that competes in the Downhill, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G, and Super Combined disciplines (G3). He was selected for his second Australian Paralympic Team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.   Hailing from Newcastle, New South Wales Patrick attended a Disabled Winter Sport Australia camp in 2013 where he first tried skiing. That same year he made his Australian debut at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Thredbo.   In 2017 Patrick, with his guide Lara Folk, achieved two podium finishes at the 2017 IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup in Switzerland, claiming bronze in both the Men’s Giant Slalom B2 and Super-G B2 before going on to debut at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy where the pair placed 9th in the Men’s Slalom VI.   Making his Paralympic debut at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, Patrick and Lara competed in the Men’s Slalom VI and the Men’s Giant Slalom VI where they recorded an 11th place finish in the Giant Slalom.   At the 2019 Para Alpine Skiing World Championships, held in Slovenia and Italy, Patrick was given the honour of opening ceremony flag bearer and went on to claim three top–ten finishes – seventh in both the Men’s Downhill and Slalom VI and ninth in the Men’s Giant Slalom VI.   Patrick had a breakthrough 2019/20 season. With his new guide Amelia Hodgson, the NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder claimed his first world cup medal – a bronze in Super-G, at the opening world cup event in Veysonnaz, Switzerland followed by back-to-back bronze medals in the slalom at the Prato Nevoso World Cup in Italy. 

At his second Paralympic Games – the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games, Patrick competed alongside sighted guide Amelia to achieve three top-ten finishes.

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Poppy Olsen

Skateboarder, Poppy Olsen made her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games, in the first year the sport was included in the Olympic program. At 21 years of age, Poppy became the first Australian female athlete to compete in park skateboarding at an Olympic Games.  

At Tokyo, Poppy finished second in her heat, qualifying sixth overall for the final held just a few hours later. Poppy secured a fifth-place finish in the final and was commended alongside her competitors for the camaraderie and support shown between all the athletes at the event final. 

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Rae Anderson

Rae Anderson is an Australian para alpine skier that competes in the moguls discipline. She is one of only a few athletes to represent Australia at both a summer and winter Paralympics after having previously competed at the Rio 2016 summer Games and being selected for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.   Hailing from Wamberal on the the NSW Central Coast, Rae participated in many sports growing up before a chance encounter with Paralympic gold medallist and world champion Evan O’Hanlon in 2010 inspired her to give para-athletics a go. She excelled in the throwing events but began training for the long jump when she learned that the discus throw would not be contested at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Making her international debut at 2014 Commonwealth Games, Rae placed seventh in the long jump T37/38.   Switching back to the throwing events, Rae competed at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar. She placed seventh in the discus F37 and threw a personal best in the Javelin F37 to place sixth. Incredibly the year 12 student completed her final HSC exam at the British Consulate in Doha the morning of the Javelin event.   Making her Paralympic debut at age 19 at the Rio 2016 Games, Rae recorded a fifth place finish in javelin and eighth place in discus. The following year at the 2017 2017 World Para-athletics Championships in London, Rae finished second in the women’s javelin F37, but it was a non-medal event.   Shortly after the 2017 World Championships Rae was skiing with her family when she was approached by an Australian Para Alpine Coach who asked her to join an athlete identification camp. The NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder was then offered the opportunity to training the US.

In 2018 she took a year-long break from elite sport to focus on her studies, moving to Indonesia for six months to pursue a degree in cultural studies.

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Rheed McCracken

Rheed McCracken is a para track athlete who has competed and won medals at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The NSWIS athlete won a silver medal at both Games in the men’s 100m, a bronze at the London 2012 games in the men’s 200m as well as a bronze at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in the men’s 800m.

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Ricky Betar

Paralympic swimmer and world championship bronze medallist Ricky Betar will make his Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, just a few weeks shy of his 18th Birthday.

Ricky began swimming at 10 years old and at 12 was already a member of the NSW junior shark squad. At 15 Ricky competed at the 2019 Australian Swimming Championships where he claimed five medals, including gold in the 100m Backstroke Multi-Class, and broke an INAS world record in the 50m Freestyle.

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Riley Fitzsimmons

Canoe sprint athlete Riley Fitzsimmons represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the K4 1000m, where the crew finished fourth.

After winning his first gold at the 2015 Junior & U23 World Championships, Fitzsimmons has gone on to win multiple international medals at both the junior and senior level. In 2017, Fitzsimmons became a world champion in the K4 1000m after winning gold with his team at the ICF World Championships.

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Rohan Browning

Rohan Browning is a NSWIS scholarship holder, Olympic sprinter and Australia’s second-fastest person ever over 100 metres. The Sydneysider contested the men’s 100m at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, finishing first in his heat (0:10), second in the semi-final 0:10.17, qualifying for the final where he finished sixth place in 10.20sec.

At the 2019 Queensland Track Classic sprinter Rohan Browning clocked 10.08s to equal the fastest 100m time by an Australian on home soil, cementing him as Australia’s third-fastest man across 100m behind Patrick Johnson and Matt Shirvington.

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Rose Davies

Olympian Rose Davies finished 17th (15:41.23) in the women’s 5000m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Hailing from Newcastle, she first started running around 12 and within two years was the best in the nation, clocking startling times of 2:08 (800m) and 4:27. Rose was an athletics prodigy in her early teens, but patience from her coach in the transition years from junior to senior is reaping rewards as the now 21-year-old is on track to fulfill the potential she showed in her youth.

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Rosemary Little

Rosemary Little finished seventh in the women’s 100m T33/34 on debut at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Three-time Paralympian Rosemary Little represented Australia in wheelchair racing at London 2012 and Rio 2016 and in shot put at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

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Rowena Meredith

Rowena Meredith is a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) graduate athlete, a member of the Australian Women’s Rowing Team, and will make her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games in the women’s quadruple sculls.

Born in England, Rowena was raised on Sydney’s North Shore and first took up rowing in 2008. Her senior club rowing career has been Mosman Rowing club and more recently with Sydney University Boat Club.

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Ryley Batt

Wheelchair rugby player Ryley Batt OAM is a five-time Paralympian and captain of the Australian national team, the Steelers.

Considered one of the best players in the world, Ryley was drawn to the sport after Paralympian Tom Kennedy hosted a wheelchair rugby clinic at his primary school in Port Macquarie. From there he started training with a local team and was selected to the NSW wheelchair rugby team when he was 12 years old. Ryley was then selected to the Australian team and made his Paralympic debut in Athens in 2004 where, at 15, he become the youngest ever wheelchair rugby player to compete at the Paralympic Games.

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Safwan Khalil

Taekwondo athlete Safwan Khalil competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games and will become Australia’s first ever male Taekwondo athlete to compete at three Olympic Games when takes to the ring at the Tokyo 2020 games.

Born in Tripoli, Lebanon Safwan’s family moved to Sydney when he was just a baby. Taking up the sport as a young child along with his brothers, Safwan rose through the junior ranks and in 2002 he represented Australia at the 2002 World Youth Championships. The following he competed at the Asian Championships where he won gold in the youth category.

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Sam Fricker

Australian diver and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder Sam Fricker made his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, competing in the men’s 10m platform event and won a bronze medal in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Born in Newcastle, Sam had a strong background in gymnastics and trampolining before taking up diving at age 11. Just a year into his new sport he won a regional and national school’s title.

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Sam Hardy

Rower Sam Hardy is a world championship bronze medallist and is set to make his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games where he will compete in the men’s pair.

Sam first took up rowing in high school and went on to attend Harvard where he rowed in the varsity men’s eight during his four years at the university. During this time, the NSWIS Graduate made his Australian representative debut at the 2015 U23 World Rowing Championships racing in the men’s coxed four which finished 5th. Racing again in the coxed four at the 2016 U23 World Championships, Sam and his crew claimed the bronze medal.

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Sam Tait

Sam Tait is an Australian para alpine skier that competes in the giant slalom, slalom and super-g disciplines (LW11). He was selected for his second Australian Paralympic Team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Growing up Sam enjoyed annual family holidays on the snowfields and was an experienced skier. In 2013, the then 22-year-old came off his motorbike and broke his T11 vertebrae, becoming a complete paraplegic. Encouraged by his family to return to the slopes, Sam took a sit-ski lesson just one month after finishing rehab and knew then that he wanted to incorporate skiing back into his life.

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Samantha Dale

Samantha Dale finished tenth in the women’s long jump on debut at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Samantha grew up in Oatlands and started participating in athletics as a junior. At 10 years of age she joined North Rocks Carlingford Little Athletics Club and stayed a member for the next seven years.

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Sami Kennedy-Sim

Triple Olympian Sami Kennedy-Sim competed at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and PyeongChang 2018 before being announced to her third Olympic Team for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

Sami stepped onto the podium of a World Cup event for the first time in 2017, with a silver medal in the ski cross at Idre Fjall in Sweden.

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Sarah Carli

Sarah Carli is a member of the Australian Athletics team and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder. She made her Olympic debut at the 2021 Tokyo Games and finished sixth in the  women’s 400m hurdles at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Hailing from Wollongong in New South Wales, Carli marked her international status when at the 2011 World Youth Championships she claimed silver in the 400m hurdles.  

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Saya Sakakibara

Elite BMX rider, Saya Sakakibara, is a six-time national champion who will represent Australia in the Supercross event at her maiden Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Born in Japan, Saya began BMX at age four following in the footsteps of her older brother Kai. The Sakakibara family made the move to Australia in 2007 and the siblings joined Southlake Illawarra BMX Club and began competing on the junior circuit. It did not take long for Saya to rise through the ranks and claim multiple state and national titles and then silver in the Junior Elite BMX Supercross at the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships.

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Se-Bom Lee

Se-Bom Lee is an Australian swimmer who made his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games, competing in the men’s 400m individual medley. At the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games he finished sixth in the men’s 200m individual medley.

At age four, Se-bom was learning to swim and by six had joined squad training. As he rose through the ranks, the young swimmer from Sydney amassed quite a medal collection from state and national junior swim meets. In 2018 he represented Australia at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Fiji.

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Shane Rose

Hailing from Duffys Forest in the Northern Beaches region of New South Wales, Shane began riding at age five and took part in many disciplines before settling on eventing. In 1994, a 21 year old Shane represented Australia in the Young Rider Trans-Tasman competition.

Shane was selected to the Australian team for the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games but his horse went lame upon arrival in the USA and he was unable to compete. In 1998 Shane competed at the World Equestrian Games in Rome.

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Sophie Ash

Sophie Ash is an Australian freestyle skier that competes in mogul skiing. She was selected for her first Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Growing up Sophie took part in acrobatic sports including gymnastics, trampoline, and diving before having to choose between pursuing trampolining or skiing. She chose the latter, racing for Australia in the Whistler Cup in 2011 and by 2014 making her debut on the North American (NorAm) cup circuit.  

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Spencer Cotie

Boccia athlete Spencer Cotie is a world championship silver medallist who will make his Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Spencer, who is from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, started competing in 2010 when he was still in primary school and quickly rose through the ranks.

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Spencer Turrin OAM

Two-time world champion rower, Spencer Turrin, is a dual Olympian having had made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 and once again representing Australia at the Tokyo Olympic Games where he became an Olympic champion with his men’s coxless four team.

Hailing from Dundog in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Spencer took up rowing at high school in Sydney and went on to compete for Sydney Rowing Club. The NSWIS scholarship holder made his Australian representative debut at the 2011 World Rowing U23 Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands in the men’s eight and was again selected in the men’s eight crew for the 2012 World Rowing U23 Championships where they claimed the bronze medal.

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Steve Solomon

Two time Olympian Steve Solomon finished seventh in the men’s 400m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Steve dreamed of being a Wallaby when he was in primary school, but as he hit high school, his rugby teammates out-grew him, and he decided to focus on another sporting passion, soccer.

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Steve Solomon

Steve Solomon is a member of the Australian athletics team, an Olympian and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder. He is a five-time Australian 400m Champion, and placed eighth in the men’s 400m final at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, becoming the first Australian man in 24 years to reach the 400m final at the Olympics.

Hailing from Sydney, Solomon only began formal track training in 2009 and won the Under-17 All-Schools Championship in the 400m event that year. He won gold in the 4 x 400m relay at the Oceania Youth Championships in 2010 and went on to break the 30-year-old national junior record in the 400m in 2011.

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Stuart Jones

7News Spirit of Sport Finalist – Spirit in Motion

In a beautiful moment, Paralympic cyclist Stuart Jones slowed during his race at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to will on another rider. Although they were on different teams and competing in different races, it was a moment of the utmost respect and support shared between athletes. 

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Stuart Tinney

Three-time Olympian Stuart Tinney OAM won a gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Growing up in Gladstone in Queensland, Stuart mustered cattle on his parent’s property and began competing at age eight. He first competed on the international stage in 1988 at the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Tara Rigney

Australian rower Tara Rigney will compete at her first Olympic Games when she takes to the water at Tokyo 2020, competing in the women’s double sculls.

The Sydney-sider first took up rowing in high school but focused on netball and was named on the 2016 NSW Under 17 Development squad but two ACL injuries, each requiring 12 months rehabilitation, saw Tara pick up the oars again in 2018. The following year she was selected to represent Australia in the coxless pair at the World Rowing U23 Championships in the US where the crew finished in 10th place.

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Taylah O’Neill

Taylah O’Neill is an Australian freestyle skier that competes in the mogul skiing discipline. She was selected for her second Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Born in Sydney, Taylah made her international debut in 2009, before joining the world cup circuit in 2010. She competed at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Valmalenco, Italy, where she placed 5th  

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Tess Coady

Tess Coady is an Australian snowboarder and Olympic bronze medallist that competes in the snowboard slopestyle and big air disciplines. She was selected for her second Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games where she will make her debut after suffering an injury during a training run at the PyeongChang 2018 Games which ruled her out the competing.

After taking up snowboarding at age nine, Tess tried her hand at the various styles before settling on slopestyle. At just 16 years of age, she made her world cup debut at Mammoth Mountain, California in February 2017 where she placed sixth. The next month she made her world championships debut competing in the slopestyle event and, for the first time, in the Big Air discipline, which was making its Olympic debut at the 2018 PyeongChang Games. Tess placed 11th and 21st respectively. 

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Thomas Birtwhistle

Tom Birtwhistle is a member of the Australian Rowing Team and will make his Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

A promising young athlete, Tom rowed competitively throughout his high school years. In 2010, not long after graduating he was struck by a car while cycling to rowing training. The accident caused an impairment to his hip, leg and sacral pelvis. Tom made a brief return to rowing in 2013 before focusing on his university studies and working career.

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Thomas Cornish

Tom Cornish won the silver medal in the men’s 1000m time trial at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The NSWIS Scholarship holder won Australia’s first-ever gold in the new UCI Track Nations Cup, riding alongside Matthew Richardson and Leigh Hoffman in the team sprint in Glasgow 2022.

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Thomas Grice

Thomas Grice will make his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 in the Trap shooting event.

In 2017, Grice and partner Penny Smith became the first ever ISSF World Champions in the Mixed Trap Team event. The pair finished on the podium again at the 2019 World Championships in Lonato, Italy where they claimed bronze.

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Tiffany Thomas-Kane

Para swimmer Tiffany Thomas Kane is a Paralympic gold medallist and a two-time world champion.

The Sydney native burst onto the scene in 2015, at 13 years of age, when she set a new world record in the 50m Breaststroke (SB6) at the 2015 Australian Swimming Championships. Her incredible swim earned her a place on the Australian team for that year’s IPC Swimming World Championships where she would make her international debut as the youngest Australian para swimmer to compete at the world championships.

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Tim Brand

Tim Brand is a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) graduate athlete and a forward in the Australian Men’s Hockey Team, the Kookaburras. He made his Commonwealth Games debut at the 2022 Birmingham Games, winning a gold medal as a member of the Kookaburras who have won the gold medal seven times at the Commonwealth Games.

Born in the Netherlands, Tim grew up in Chatswood in North Sydney and played for local Hockey club. He was member of the Australian U21 team for the 2015 world cup qualifier and NSW U21 NSW team that won the 2017 Australian National Championships. Tim then joined the national development squad and at 19 made his debut for the senior team in June 2018 in a test series against Germany.

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Timothy Hodge

Timothy Hodge is an Australian Paralympic swimmer. He represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, where he won silver medals in the 4x100m medley SM9 and the 200m individual medley and a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke S9.

Timothy took up swimming at age four as part of his rehabilitation after having his right foot amputated due to a lower leg deficiency. At nine he began swimming competitively and at 14 was selected to his first Australian team for the 2015 World Para Swimming Championships in Glasgow, making the final in the men’s 100 backstroke S9.

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Tom Craig

Tom Craig is a member of the Australian men’s hockey team the Kookaburras, and plays as a midfielder.

While living in Canada as a child, Tom experienced Ice Hockey and after returning to Australia he decided to take up field hockey at his local club in Sydney. He earned selection to the U21 Australian team and won gold at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympics.

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Tsuneari Yahiro

Tsuneari Yahiro is a member of the Australian Karate Federation and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.

He will make his Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games, becoming Australia’s first-ever Olympic ‘Karateka’ and will compete in the 75kg Kumite division in Tokyo as the sport makes its debut. 

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Tyan Taylor

Tyan Taylor is a member of the Australian Women’s Goalball team, the Aussie Belles, and represented Australia at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. Tyan will compete at her third Paralympics after being selected on to the Australian Team for Tokyo 2020.

Hailing from Berowra an outer suburb of Northern Sydney, Tyan’s goalball journey began in 2009 after attending a goalball for schools gala day. Shortly after that she was selected to represent New South Wales at the National Championships where she was second highest goal scorer of of the competition and caught the eye of the Australian coaching staff who invited her to train with the women’s national team.

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Valentino Guseli

Valentino Guseli is an Australian snowboarder that competes in the halfpipe, slopestyle, and big air disciplines. He was selected for his first Australian Olympic team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Valentino put the world on notice at his world cup debut in Laax, Switzerland in January 2021 when he qualified for the halfpipe finals in first place. At the time he was just 15 years old. In the final, the teenager finished eighth against a very experienced field – an incredible achievement for his first world cup.

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Victoria Davies

Para dressage rider Victoria Davies will make her Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games where she will compete in the team test to music and the Individual test – Grade II events.

Hailing from Bolong in Shoalhaven NSW, Victoria’s love of horse riding started early. Her mother was a successful rider and her parents breed horses. She started competing at age three but at age nine she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and was too weak to ride.

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William Yang

William Yang represented Australia in swimming at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and won two gold medals from the relays, swimming in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay and men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. He also finished fifth in the men’s 100m freestyle.  

At the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, 23-year-old William swam a personal best time of 48.55 seconds to win the men’s 100m freestyle and become the new Australian champion.

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