NSWIS Athletes

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

Aidan Roach

Water polo player Aidan Roach represented Australia at the London 2012 Olympics and the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Since his debut on the national team in 2009, Roach has been a consistent member of the of the Aussies Sharks squad. In 2015 he was part of the Australian team that created history by winning its first gold medal at a major international event after they defeated Brazil to take victory at the FINA World League Intercontinental Cup.

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Anneliese Rubie

Anneliese Rubie is a 400m & 800m runner who reached the Semi Finals for the 400m at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, as well as the Finals for the 4x400m.

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Ashlee Ankudinoff

Cyclist Ashlee Ankudinoff has had tremendous success throughout her career. At the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Pruszkow, Ankudinoff won gold in both the individual pursuit and team pursuit.

Prior to that Ankudinoff won gold at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and two silver medals at the 2017 World Championships.

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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.

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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Brittany O’Brien

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

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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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Cameron Ivory

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

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Cate Campbell | Athlete profile

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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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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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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Ellie Cole

Ellie Cole is a three-time Paralympian who has amassed an incredible 15 Paralympic medals (including six gold), 10 world championship medal 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.

Ellie made her international swimming debut just shy of her 15th birthday at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships where she won silver in the 100m backstroke. At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games she bagged another silver medal, in the 100m butterfly, along with two bronze medals.

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Erik Horrie

Erik Horrie is a five-time para-rowing world champion and two-time time Paralympic silver medallist.

Wheelchair Basketball was where Horrie began his sporting career. He was a member of the Australian National Team, the Rollers, with whom he won gold at the 2009 IWBF Oceania Championships.

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Flynn Ogilvie

Flynn Ogilvie plays midfield in the Australian men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras.

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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Greta Hayes

Greta Hayes is a hockey player who competed for Australia in the Junior World Cup in 2016 in which they won a bronze medal.

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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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James Willett

Trap Shooter James Willett made his Olympic debut at Rio in 2016 where he finished fifth in the Double Trap.

Willet changed to Trap after the Double Trap was removed from the Olympic shooting competition for Tokyo and, in 2019, he equaled the world record at the World Cup in Acapulco shooting a perfect qualifying score before going on to take gold. Later that year Willet and partner Laetisha Scanlan took gold at the World Championships in the mixed trap.

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Jarrod Gilchrist

Jarrod Gilchrist represented Australia in Waterpolo for the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has secured gold in the World Uni Games in 2009, claimed two World Championships and three Aus National Titles.

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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 | Athlete profile

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 an Australian representative distance runner who has been officially selected onto the Australian Olympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the women’s 5000m event.

Hailing from Albion Park (City of Shellharbour), the NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder broke an 18-year-old Australian record in the 5000m by four seconds at the 2020 Herculis Diamond League in Monaco (finishing in 14:43:80) .

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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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Jonathan Goerlach

Jonathan Goerlachis a para-triathlete who competes in the PT5 Visually Impaired category.

Goerlach 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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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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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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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 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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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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Madison De Rozario

A three-time Paralympian, Madison De Rozario is an incredibly successful wheelchair track & road athlete.

The NSWIS athlete has three Paralympic silver medals, a myriad of World Championship medals and was the 2019 Women’s 800m T53 World Champion.

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Matt Levy

Matthew Levy OAM is a Paralympian swimmer, who has competed at the London, Rio, Beijing and Athens Paralympics. The NSW Institute of Sport Scholarship Holder won gold in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay at London 2012, and had a successful Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 where he won gold in the 50m Freestyle.

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Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson is a breaststroke swimmer who won gold in the 4x100m mixed medley and silver in the 200m breaststroke at the Gwangju 2019 World Aquatics Championships.

In 2018, Matthew was successful in achieving gold in the 4x100m mixed medley relay and bronze in the 200m breaststroke at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Melissa Wu

Three-time Olympian Melissa Wu began diving in 2003, and trains under coach Chava Sobrino.

The NSW Institute of Sport diver won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the women’s 10m synchronised platform.

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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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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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Nicola McDermott

High jumper Nicola McDermott is a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist.

Nicola 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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Pascalle Casey

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

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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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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

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.

That time also qualified him for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha – where he became the first Australian man in over a decade to run in the individual 100m at a World Championship.

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Sami Kennedy-Sim

Dual Olympian Sami Kennedy-Sim competed at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and again at PyeongChang 2018 in the ski-cross where she finished in 8th position overall.

Kennedy-Sim 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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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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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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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

Tiffany Thomas-Kane OAM won a gold and three bronze medals in the swimming pool at the Rio Paralympics in 2016. Thomas-Kane also received the Order of Australia in 2017 for her outstanding achievement at the age of just 15.

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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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