Para athletes shine in rowing, canoe, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.
Horrie wins gold at Para Rowing World Cup
Triple Paralympic silver medallist Erik Horrie OAM won gold in the PR1 Men’s Single Sculls on the final day of competition at World Rowing Cup 1 in Belgrade.
Erik held onto a narrow lead against Great Britain’s Benjamin Pritchard and the two continued to go stroke for stroke before Erik lifted his intensity and pulled away to achieve clear water between himself and Pritchard’s boat crossing the finish line with a winning 4.02 second margin.
“I’m happy with the process that JB (coach Jason Baker) and myself have been working on, a bit of a change seems to be working and taking us in the right direction,” Erik said.
“It was an excellent race (today),” Erik said. “Ben got out of the gate quick, he’s an unbelievable rower, especially with Callum (GB rower Callum Russell) now, the new blood in town, he’s certainly rowing well too,” he said.
Batt captain’s team
The Australian Wheelchair Basketball Team, captained by NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete Ryley Batt, is back on the international circuit to compete at the upcoming Canada Cup.
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Hoare stands on the podium at Diamond League
Middle distance star Oliver Hoare was the best of the Australian contingent at the Diamond League meet in Eugene, placing second in the flagship event of the meet, the Bowerman Mile, only defeated by Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigsten.
“The race felt great but I knew it was going to be a dogfight to try and get good positioning with so many talent guys in there. I made the decision to stay relaxed and hoping my finish would come through and get home to the line strong. I wasn’t able to come away for the win but to come away with a second place in that situation was a big plus to me,” Oliver said.
Jessica Hull ran her second fastest time ever clocking 3:59.31 to place fifth in the women’s 1500m. With the aim of claiming her third podium finish in as many Diamond League appearances this year, Hull found herself unable to move too far forward in the bunched up pack, as the field chased down eventual winner Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay.
Alexander equals best-ever World Championship result
Finn Alexander was the best-placed Australian at the World Championships in Mexico finishing in 13th and equalling his best-ever World Championship result. Despite the promising result, the NSWIS athlete was frustrated that there were some lost opportunities this week.
“It was a good regatta but I lacked a bit of consistency throughout the week and especially in qualifying. I had lots of good races and lots of positives to take away but there were a lot of points wasted, it’s a little bit frustrating but still not a bad overall result,” Finn said.
Two medals at Poznan World Cup
NSWIS athletes competing in the Australian Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe team are heading home from the ICF World Cup in Poznan, Poland with two medals.
Jackson Collins and Dylan Littlehales both won silver medals in their respective events, the men’s K1 500m and the men’s KL3 200.
Six chosen for World Championships
NSWIS athletes Hayley Ballesty, Bronte Halligan, Matilda Kearns, Genevieve Longman, Amy Ridge and Lena Mihailovic have been selected for the Aussie Stingers team to compete at the World Championships in Budapest in June.
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Jessy to debut at Commonwealth Games
Thirty two year-old Junjian (Jessy) Chen, is among an inspiring squad of champions named in the Australian Para-table tennis team for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games between July 28 and August 8.
The debutant is one of six Para-table tennis stars chosen in the team and the selection of the Kurt Fearnley Scholarship recipient is a testament to his hard work and dedication to his sport.