NSWIS Weekly Wrap: Debuts, National Champions & Awards

Posted on May 3, 2022 by

It’s been a big week for #TeamNSWIS which saw our athletes in action across the globe. Here are some highlights from the past week:

Ky Willott Scores Two on Kookaburras Debut

The Kookaburras’ 3-0 win over Malaysia this afternoon will long live in the memory of attacker Ky Willott after he scored a maiden double to see off a stubborn Malaysia in the fourth and final match of the series in Perth.

“Today was a tougher match,” Ky said after the match.

“Malaysia turned it up a notch and really tested us.

“It was nice to get on the scoresheet and all the boys got around me when the first one went in so hopefully there are plenty more to come.”

The NSWIS scholarship holder, who was announced to the squad in February, made his debut for the Australian Men’s Hockey Team in the match and joins a long list of Institute representatives in the team.

 

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Dom Clarke Recognised With Pride in Sport Award

Congratulations to #TeamNSWIS’ Dominic Clarke, who was recognised for his advocacy for Pride in Sport with the LGBTQ Out Role Model Award at the 2022 Pride in Sport Awards.

 

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Launched in 2018, the Australian Pride in Sport Awards is the first celebration of its kind dedicated solely to recognising exceptional efforts in making sport more inclusive of LGBTQ people. It is produced by Pride in Sport, the national not-for-profit sporting inclusion program spearheaded by Australia’s largest LGBTQ health organisation, ACON.

Along with several sporting clubs and organisations, individuals across various sporting codes were awarded for their efforts in making their respective sports more inclusive of LGBTQ people on and off the field, with six community awards also being handed out.

NSWIS Athletes & Coaches Take Top Honours at 2022 Snow Australia Awards

NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holders and staff were honoured at the 2022 Snow Australia Awards, a gala event in Melbourne celebrating the best snow sport athletes and performances of the 2021 / 22 season.

Jakara Anthony, Ben Tudhope, Valentino Guseli, Tess Coady, Peter McNiel and Kate Blamey were all recognised with awards on the night.

 

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NSWIS Paddlers Impress at National Canoe Slalom Champions

After a turbulent start of the year due to weather, NSWIS paddlers Noemie Fox, Lucien Delfour, Tim Anderson, Angus Thompson, Sophie Wilson, Kaylen Bassett and Lachlan Bassett made their return to racing at the Paddle Australia 2022 Canoe Slalom Championships at Bradys Lake, Tasmania.

With flooding and poor water quality limiting athletes’ ability to train and compete at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, there was much enthusiasm for the return to racing at Bradys Lake as athletes put it all on the line for a national crown.

Reigning Women’s Champion Jess Fox wasn’t part of the starting line up, but her sister Noemie Fox ensured the national titles stayed within the family, winning the double crown in the WK1 and WC1, with the younger Fox thrilled to be back racing.

“It’s been really great being in Tassie, paddling on the Bradys [Lake] course, it’s just so fun and it’s been a good experience for us as well.

“With no whitewater [in Sydney] it is definitely impacting our season and our ability to train and prepare.

“Being able to come here has just been the best thing for us, to be able to paddle whitewater again has been amazing, despite the cold. A few runs in below five degrees, but it’s good resilience training and character building,” laughed Fox.

 

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Dual Olympian, Lucien Delfour, echoed Fox about the opportunity to be back racing in whitewater.

Lucien was successfully able to defend his MK1 Australia title which he last won in 2020, after the event was canceled in 2021 due to COVID.

“Really happy to be back racing whitewater, because we have been away from whitewater for quite a few weeks.

“This is such fast water… racing here always feels quite different.  Bradys is a combination of natural and artificial, the water is so fast all the way down, so you’ve got to adapt your technique. There are no other courses like Bradys really, it’s so unique,” he said.

NSWIS’ emerging athlete Sophie Wilson came in second in the women’s kayak event and third in the canoe discipline, while Timothy Anderson also earned a podium finish, coming in second in the men’s kayak event.

NSWIS Sailors Complete First European Event

There were no medals, but plenty of learnings and promising performances with the Australia Sailing Team wrapping up the 2022 French Olympic week Hyères. It was only the second all-class international Olympic regatta since the Tokyo Olympic Games and one of the first on the shortened two-year road to Paris 2024.

NSWIS’ Rio Olympic silver medallists and Tokyo fifth-placed Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) return for another Olympic cycle to finish fourth in the Nacra 17 at their first event back.

 

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The Nacra 17 is featuring some upgrades to its rudder system ahead of Paris 2024 which made it a challenging week physically and mentally as Lisa Darmanin explained.

“Jason and I only started training back in February so it was really good to come away with a top five. There is lots to learn and it was a bit of an up and down week, a big physical week but also mentally learning so much every day. We are really excited to come back for Kiel Week and then the Europeans will be a really good test for us too.”

The cousins qualified for the top-ten medal race in fifth but were out of medal contention with a 29-points gap to third place. But with fifth or fourth place still at stake, they used the race to test their tactical skills and delivered.

“It was really light, no foiling in three to four knots. We really couldn’t move much today and it was just a battle between fourth and fifth which happened to be our good friends the Kiwis. So we planned a match race and had a bit of fun out there. Top five was our goal and it was a good end to the week to come away with fourth so we are pretty stoked,” Jason Waterhouse said.

While the pair were the only Team NSWIS sailors in a medal race, several other scholarship holders started their Paris 2024 campaigns at the event, showing promise for the upcoming cycle.

NSWIS Athletes Selected to Australian (Open) Team for Athletics Oceania Championships

Congratulations to the following NSWIS athletes, who have been selected to the Australian team for the upcoming Oceania Championships in Mackay:

  • Josh Azzopardi – 100m
  • Steve Solomon – 400m
  • Nick Hough – 110m Hurdles
  • Sarah Carli – 400m Hurdles
  • Erin Shaw – High Jump
  • Sam Dale – Long Jump
  • Alex Hulley – Hammer
  • Mackenzie Little – Javelin
  • Cam McEntyre – Javelin
  • Tamsin Colley – 100m & 200m
  • Mali Lovell – 100m & 200m
  • Rosemary Little – Seated Shot Put & Wheelchair 100m
  • Ella Osborne – 100m, 200m & 400m
  • Evan O’Hanlon – 100m

Photo courtesy of Beau Outteridge/Australian Sailing Team

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