NSWIS Athletes

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

Aaron Royle

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

A former U-23 World Champion, Royle placed third in the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and won a bronze medal in the mixed relay event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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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 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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Alexander Purnell

NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) graduate rowing athlete Alexander Purnell is a world championship medallist and a member of the Australian Olympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where he will make his Olympic debut.

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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Amanda Reid

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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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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Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford is member of the Australian Men’s Water Polo Team, the Aussie Sharks. He holds a dual scholarship with the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) and the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS). Andrew will compete at his first Olympics at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, alongside his brother and fellow teammate George.

After representing Australia at the 2015 junior world championships, Andrew made his way into the senior squad and debuted for the Aussie Sharks in 2017 winning gold at the 2017 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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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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Anthony Hrysanthos

Water polo player Anthony Hrysanthos is a goalkeeper for the Australian men’s team, the Aussie sharks, and will make his first Olympic appearance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Anthony took up water polo at 10 and discovered his talent in goals almost immediately when he volunteered to take over in the net when the team’s regular keeper was away. In 2015 he represented Australia at the FINA World Junior Championships where the team placed eight.

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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

Academic Excellence Finalist

Belle Brockhoff is a snowboard world champion, who is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University. Belle was crowned world champion alongside Jarryd Hughes, after winning the inaugural snowboard cross team event. The pair made history, claiming the win in the newly introduced discipline which is due to debut at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.  

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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 Edwards

Water polo player Blake Edwards is a member of the Australian men’s water polo team, the Aussie Sharks. He will make his debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games alongside his brother and Sharks teammate Lachlan.

Blake competed at the 2009 and 2010 Junior World Championships and captained the Australia team at the 2013 and 2015 University Games. In 2015 he moved to the US to study at the University of Southern California and joined the USC Trojans. In his first season with the Trojans he was the team’s top scorer and was awarded All-American First Team.

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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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Brandon Starc

High jumper Brandon Starc is an Australian Olympic representative, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.

After competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Brandon will become a dual Olympian when he returns to the Olympic arena for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Christie Dawes

Wheelchair Racer Christie Dawes has represented Australia at an incredible seven Paralympics Games, medalling at three of them.

Christie began wheelchair racing after becoming a paraplegic in a car accident at age 10. While watching Louise Sauvage compete at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics 12-year-old Christie decided that she wanted to be a Paralympian. Four years later she was lining up on the track at the 1996 Atlanta Games and named Young Paralympian of the Year by the International Paralympic Committee.

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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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Eleanor Patterson

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

Making her international debut at the 2013 World Youth Championships, the high jumper won gold at the event and went on to break the Oceanian junior record in the same year. 

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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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Ellen Roberts

Ellen Roberts is a pitcher for the Australian Women’s Softball Team who made her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Joining her local softball club in Sydney northern suburbs at age five, Ellen had her mind set on pitching. She was selected to her first state representative team in 2008 and claimed that year’s Under 16s Girl’s National Championships. She went on win three consecutive National Championships with NSW at the Under 19 level.

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Ellie Cole OAM

Ellie Cole is a three-time Paralympian who has amassed an incredible 15 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.

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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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, a four-time Commonwealth Games medallist, and a world championship bronze medallist. The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder made her Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games and will represent Australia again at Tokyo 2021, competing in the women’s 3m springboard event.

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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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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Gabrielle Plain

Pitcher Gabbie Plain is a member of the Australian women’s softball team, the Aussie Spirit, and will compete at her first Olympic Games when she takes to the field at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Gabbie first started playing softball at age six for her local club in Macarthur in south-west Sydney. On debut for NSW at the 2014 U17 Girl’s National Championship, Gabbie put the competition on notice pitching 19 scoreless innings with 31 strikeouts. Continuing her exceptional form at the junior level, Gabbie was selected onto the Australia under 19 team for the 2016 Junior Women’s Softball World Cup.

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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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George Ford

Rio Olympian George Ford is a member of the Australian Men’s Water Polo Team. He will compete at his second Olympics at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where he will be joined by his younger brother and teammate, Andrew.

George debuted for the Aussie Sharks at the 2013 Danube Cup where the team won gold. He went on to compete at the 2015 FINA World Championships before being selected to his first Australian Olympic Team for Rio 2016, where the team placed ninth.

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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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Goran Tomasevic

Goran Tomasevic is a member of the Australian men’s water polo team and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder. He will make his Olympic debut when he takes to the pool at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Growing up in Croatia, Goran began playing water polo at age six. In 2009 he took up a scholarship at the University of the Pacific in North California where he spent four years playing for the university’s water polo team, the Tigers. A standout player for the Tigers, Goran captained the team, amassed over 200 career goals and was named AWPCA All-American three times.

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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 will now compete at his maiden Paralympics when he takes 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 who made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 and will now compete at her second Olympics when she takes to the field in Tokyo.

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 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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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

Jack Hargreaves is a two-time world champion rower in the men’s coxless four and will make his Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.

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 Wall

Softballer Jade Wall is a member of the Australian Women’s Team, the Aussie Spirit, and is part of the Australian Olympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Games where softball makes its return the Olympic program after a 13-year hiatus.

Jade was raised in Hervey Bay, Queensland and began playing softball at age nine. She made her Queensland state representative debut in 2005 at the U16 Girls’ National Championships. In 2007, the young player was a member of the Australian Junior Women’s Team that won bronze at the 2007 Junior World Championships.

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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 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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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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Jasmine Greenwood

Para swimmer Jasmine Greenwood is a world championship medallist who will make her Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics as one of the youngest member of the Australian Team.

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). The following year the rising star was selected onto the Australia Team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The youngest athlete from any sport to represent Australia at the event, the 13-year-old placed a commendable fifth in both the women’s 100 breaststroke (SB9) and women’s 200m individual medley (S10).

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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

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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Joel Dennerley

Dual Olympian Joel Dennerley is a goalkeeper for the Australian men’s water polo team, the Aussie Sharks and is NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder. He represented Australia at the London, 2012 and Rio, 2016 Olympics and will guard the net at his third Olympics when he takes to the pool at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Sydney-sider represented Australia at the 2007 Junior World Championships and made his debut for the Aussie sharks the following year. In 2008, Joel relocated to the US to study and play water polo for the University of Southern California where he helped the team to four consecutive NCAA Championships, was four-time All-American and held the record for all-time career saves.

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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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Kaia Parnaby

Kaia Parnaby is a pitcher for the Australian Women’s softball team, the Aussie Spirit, and has represented Australia at five World Championships winning two Bronze medals. The NSWIS scholarship holder will make her Olympic debut when she steps up to the pitcher’s circle at Tokyo 2020.

For Kaia, her Olympic spirit may have in fact ignited at age 10 when her primary school was chosen to perform at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Closing and Opening Ceremonies and also attended an Australia vs Italy softball match. The following year Kaia played her first game of softball in her primary school PE class where her teacher was also a local softball club coach. Her natural ability to pitch was then realised at a testing clinic and she was taken under the wing of the club pitching coach.

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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 Edwards

Lachlan Edwards is a member of the Australian men’s water polo team, the Aussie Sharks. He will make his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, alongside his brother and Sharks teammate Blake.

Lachlan made his Australian representative debut at the 2012 Fina World Youth Championships where the team placed seventh and the following year he competed at the FINA World Junior Championships. Following in older brother Blake’s footsteps, Lachlan moved to the US in 2014 to study at the University of Southern California and joined the university’s water polo team the Trojans. He scored 144 career goals which ranked 18th all-time in scoring.

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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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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

NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder, Madison De Rozario, is a three-time world champion para athletics representative who will compete at her fourth Paralympic Games at Tokyo 2020.

Madison won two gold medals at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 1500m T54 and the marathon. Just a week after her Commonwealth Games marathon race, Madison made a last dash sprint to win the London Marathon – becoming the first Australian to win the women’s wheelchair title. At the 2018 World Para-athletics Nottwil Grand Prix Madison won gold in all three of her events and equalled the women’s 1500m T53/54 world record.

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Mariah Williams

Mariah Williams is a member of the Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, and a Rio 2016 Olympian who has been named on her second Olympic team for Tokyo 2020.

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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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.

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 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

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

Having represented Australia at three Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016), Melissa will compete at her fourth Olympic Games when she takes to the platform at 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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Michelle Cox

Australian softballer Michelle Cox is a member of the women’s national team, the Aussie Spirit and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.

Therepresented Australia at the 2012 Softball World Cup, where the Spirit won Bronze.

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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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Nathan Power

Water polo player Nathan Power is a member of the Australian men’s water polo and who will compete at his first Olympic Games when he takes to the pool at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Hailing from Newcastle, Nathan debuted for the Aussie Sharks at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Spain where the team finished eighth, A few weeks late the the 20-year-old represented Australia at the World Junior Water Polo Championships in Hungary.

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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 will make his senior Olympic debut at the 2021 Tokyo Games, standing as the number two Australian all-time record holder in the 110m hurdles.  

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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 McDermott

Nicola McDermott is an Olympic Games silver medallist, the Australian women’s high jump record holder (2.02m) and a NSWIS scholarship holder.

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

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

Hoare is the Australian indoor 1500-metre record holder, having set a time of 3:32.35 in February 2021, which was also the seventh fastest all-time 1500m. 

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Owen Wright

7News Spirit of Sport Finalist – Team Success

Defeating two-time world champion Gabriel Medina in a fantastic bronze medal match, Owen Wright made history in achieving Australia’s first ever Olympic surfing medal. 

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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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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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Rachel Lack

Softballer Rachel Lack is a member of the Australian Women’s Softball Team, the Aussie Spirit. The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder will compete at her first Olympics Games at Tokyo 2020, where softball makes its return for the first time since Beijing 2008.

Rachel took up softball as a child and played for her local club on Sydney’s North Shore, primarily as a catcher. She was inspired by her older cousin who was a pitcher for the Australian Women’s Baseball Team.

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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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Richard Campbell

Three-time Olympian Richard Campbell is a senior member of the Australian men’s water polo team, the Aussie Sharks. He will make his fourth Olympic team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Born and raised in Newcastle, Richard took up water polo at age 10 and went on to represent Australia at the 2005 FINA Junior World Championships. He was named on the senior men’s team the following year and has been a consistent member of the squad since.

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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.

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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Rosemary Little

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.

Rosemary first took up wheelchair racing after attending a Wheelchair Sports NSW ‘Come and Try’ day in 2003. She excelled in the sport immediately but unfortunately was just 0.02 second short of qualifying for the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. Rosemary then took a hiatus from the sport, returning in 2011.

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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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Sally Fitzgibbons

Sally Fitzgibbons will make history as a member of Australia’s first Olympic surfing team when the sport makes its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Professional surfer Sally Fitzgibbons put the surfing world on notice when, at the age of 14, she won the ASP Pro Junior Open title competing against the best surfers around the world – some being seven years older.

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Sam Fricker

Australian diver and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder Sam Fricker will make his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, competing in the men’s 10m platform event.

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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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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Sarah Carli

Sarah Carli 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 2021 Tokyo 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

Swimmer and Olympic debutant Se-Bom Lee will represent Australia in the men’s 400m individual medley at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games.

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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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

Two-time world champion rower, Spencer Turrin, made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 and will represent Australia again at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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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Stacey McManus

Stacey McManus is a member of the Australian Women’s Softball team, the Aussie Spirit, playing shortstop and second base. The NSWIS scholarship holder has represented Australia at four Softball World Championships, claiming bronze medals in 2012 and 2014, and will make her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Hailing from the Sutherland Shire region of Sydney, Stacey first took to the diamond at the age of four playing for her local club. In 2005, Stacey was selected on the NSW Under 16s team and went on to play in the NSW junior teams for the next three years. She then made her debut for the senior team, the NSW Firestars, in 2009, going on to win seven Gilley’s Shields with the Firestars.

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Stacey Porter

Captain of the Australian softball team Stacey Porter is a two-time Olympian, having previously competed at Athens, 2004 and Beijing, 2008 Olympic Games, where she won silver and bronze respectively. After softball was excluded from the Olympic program following the Beijing Games, Stacey has long awaited her return to the world’s biggest sporting stage. With the sport’s return at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Stacey will now represent Australia at her third Olympics and look to lead the team to gold.

Born and raised in Tamworth, Stacey began playing at softball at age five and was a standout junior player competing at the Under 16 and Under 19 National Championships where she was named best batter three years in a row. She was selected on to the Australian team for the 1999 Junior Women’s World Championships. In 2002, the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder made her debut for the Australian senior team at age 20 during a tour of Japan.

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Stephanie Gilmore

Stephanie Gilmore is a seven-time world surfing champion who will make history as one of Australia’s first Olympic surfers at Tokyo 2020 where the sport will make its debut on the world’s biggest sporting stage.

Hailing from the Tweed Shire in New South Wales, Steph entered her first senior world tour event in 2005 at the age of seventeen. During this breakout year, she won the Roxy Pro Gold Coast as a wild card entrant.

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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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Tarni Stepto

Tarni Stepto is a pitcher for Australian Softball Team, the Aussie Spirit, and will compete at her first Olympics Games at Tokyo 2020, with the sport making its return for the first time since Beijing 2008.

First taking to the diamond at age six, Tarni played for her local club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. In 2015, she was selected to the Under 17 NSW Team and at the 2016 Under 17 Girl’s National Championship, the young pitcher won MVP, Best Pitcher, and Player of the Grand Final. Her strong performances earned her a spot on the Australian team for the 2017 Junior Women’s World Championship.

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Taylah Tsitsikronis

Softballer Taylah Tsitsikronis is a catcher and first baseman in the Australian Softball Team who made her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 where softball made its return to the Olympic program – 13 years since it last featured at Beijing 2008.

First taking up Softball at age six, Taylah soared through the junior ranks. Selected on to the Under 16 NSW Team for the 2009 National Championships, where NSW claimed victory, going on to claim four consecutive national titles with NSW at the Under 16 and Under 19 level. She would later go on to win six national titles with the NSW open team, the Firestars. Her stand-out performance earned her a spot on the Australian Junior Team for the 2011 and 2013 Junior Women’s Softball World Championship with the team winning bronze in 2013.

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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 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.

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

Swimmer Timothy Hodge represented Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympics and will return to the Paralympic arena for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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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Timothy Putt

Water polo player Tim Putt is a centre back for the Australian Men’s Team, the Aussie Sharks. He holds a dual scholarship with the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) and the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS). He will make his Olympic Debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

A young gun who rose quickly through the ranks, Tim debuted for the Aussie Sharks in 2017. He was a member of the Aussie Sharks team that competed at the 2017 FINA World Championships and also a part of the Australian Junior Team for the FINA Junior Water Polo Championships.

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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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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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