Weekly Wrap: Synchro Silver, Records and World Cup Wins

Posted on July 5, 2022 by

More NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athletes selected for the Commonwealth Games, plus podium results in athletics and gymnastics – trampoline as the FINA World Championships conclude.

Hockeyroos Win World Cup Opener

Two goals in the final five minutes have given a spirited Hockeyroos a 2-0 victory over Japan in their opening match of the FIH Women’s World Cup 2022.

NSWIS scholarship holder Mariah Williams struck in the 56th minute with her 19th goal in her 98th international appearance to reward the Hockeyroos’ persistence against a stout Japan defence.

Mariah scored a second goal when NSWIS colleague Grace Stewart slid the ball into a dangerous area creating indecision on the Japanese goal line which allowed her to knock the ball above goalkeeper Eika Nakamura into the net.

“It was a really good fight from the girls. We dug deep, worked really hard and we knew if we stuck to our processes we could get the win,” said Mariah, who was awarded the Player of the Match.

The Hockeyroos’ next match is against Belgium at 5.30am AEST on Wednesday 6 July.

Kira Wins Synchro Silver

NSWIS trampolinist Kira Ward has taken out a silver medal in the FIG Trampoline World Cup in Arosa, Switzerland.


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Gold at the Diamond League for Eleanor

There were two massive results for NSWIS at the Stockholm Diamond League last week. Eleanor Patterson finished first in the high jump (1.96) defeating the Olympic silver medallist and Rohan Browning finished 7th in the men’s 100m in a time of 10.38.

“It wasn’t my best preparation for today with a bit of a niggle picked up in the warm up at a previous Diamond League event so I have started my season late but to come away with the win on my season opener is great especially given I made it difficult for myself by taking three jumps to clear 1.93.”

This week also saw more NSWIS athletes selected in athletics for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Team:

Sarah Carli, Samantha Dale, Rose Davies, Christie Dawes, Madison De Rozario, Jessica Hull, Alexandra Hulley, Mackenzie Little, Rosemary Little, Nicola Olyslagers, Eleanor Patterson, Eloise Wellings; and Joshua Azzopardi, Rohan Browning, Oliver Hoare, Nicholas Hough, Charlie Hunter, Cameron McEntyre, Evan O’Hanlon, Steven Solomon, Brandon Starc and Edward Trippas.

Jess Claims Another National Record

Distance supremo and NSWIS scholarship holder Jess Hull has secured another Australian record clocking 4:19.89 in the mile in Beaverton, USA. Jess now holds the Australian records in seven events including the 1500m, mile, 3000m, 5000m as well as the indoor records for the 1500m, mile and 3000m.

Cycling Junior Named for World Championship Team

NSWIS Time Trial (TT) Project athlete Bronte Stewart (Tolland Cycling Club), has been named in the AusCycling Junior U19 team for the UCI Road World Championships taking place in Wollongong in September 18th – 25th.

The NSWIS TT Project was initiated just over two years ago to support talented NSW cyclists and fast track their development, specifically in the time trial discipline, but has produced results far beyond just time trials.

Further selections for the U23 and elite categories will be announced in August, with TT Project athletes Dylan George and Matthew Dinham both in very strong positions to make the team.

Sharks and Stingers Finish World Championships Campaign

The Aussie Stingers wrapped up their FINA World Championships campaign in 6th place after a tough loss to Spain (5-8) in their final playoff match. The Aussie Sharks rounded out their world championships campaign with a strong win over South Africa, 19-4 in the 11-12 playoff. Eager to leave the competition on a high, the Sharks gave the last game their all, finishing with a 15-goal victory.

Also in Budapest in diving, Sam Fricker finished in 10th place in the men’s 10m platform and Melissa Wu finished in 7th place in the women’s 10m synchronised final.

Tom Seeking Worlds Selection

At the Queensland ISSF Shotgun State Titles Tom Grice qualified in first place for the final with a score of 120/125, unfortunately bowing out in the first semi final in third place after scoring 18/25. Tom currently sits in second position on the world championships selection leader board which is expected to be finalised later this week.

Triathlon Team Builds for Commonwealth Games

The Mixed Relay World Championships came at the end of an intense few days of action for many of the athletes off the back of the individual world triathlon series championships.

For NSWIS athlete Natalie Van Coevorden the event provided another opportunity to build experience leading into next months’ Commonwealth Games. Natalie raced with Brandon Copeland, Jake Birtwhistle, and Tokyo Olympian Jaz Hedgeland finishing 10th in the mixed relay.


Articles courtesy of Hockey Australia, Water Polo Australia, Shooting Australia, Triathlon Australia and Athletics Australia

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