Weekly Wrap: Winning sweep for Kookaburras, Fricker and O’Brien

Posted on June 7, 2022 by

The Kookaburras completed a series sweep in the Trans Tasman event, while Sam Fricker and Brittany O’Brien collected their own sweep of medals at the National Diving Championships in Melbourne.

Fricker and O’Brien’s gold, silver and bronze

At the Australian Open’s Championships in Melbourne last weekend, Sam Fricker and Brittany O’Brien each won a trifecta of medals. Sam finished 1st in the Mens synchro with Shixin Li, 2nd in Mens Platform and 3rd in Mens 3 Metre. He was also named in the Australian Team for 2022 FINA World Championships and bestowed with the 2021 Award for Endeavour at Diving Australia’s Awards Night.

“After a tough week of competition and determination, I’m very excited to represent Australia.

“My coaches and I worked really hard to make it happen so I just want to give a huge thanks to my coach Joel Rodrigues and the NSWIS team and of course Diving Australia for all their support.”

In the Women’s 3 metre it was Rio Olympian and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games representative, Brittany O’Brien who won the gold medal. Brittany also won bronze in the Women’s 1 metre, behind fellow NSWIS athlete Esther Qin who won the gold.  Together they won the silver medal in the women’s 3m synchro, while Melissa Wu teamed up with Victorian Charli Petrov to win the Women’s platform synchro.

Four-time Olympian Melissa Wu was named Australia Female and Diver of the Year and will headline the 13-strong Australian Team for 2022 FINA World Championships which also includes NSWIS athletes Brittany and Esther.


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Confidence boost as Aussies secure Bronze at World Cup

London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Oliva Price and 19-year-old Evie Haseldine put together a stellar performance in their third international regatta together to finish with a World Cup bronze medal in the 49erFX at the Hempel World Cup Allianz Regatta.

“It’s really exciting to come away with a medal this event,” Olivia said.

“Evie and I are pleased with how we were able to work together this week. The racing has been great, very tight out on the race course and we saw a range of conditions which was exciting.”

It was a tough day for Jack Ferguson and Max Paul who went into the 49er medal race fifth overall. The NSWIS athletes started well but made a few small errors that saw them slip to the back of the fleet and finish eighth overall, an extremely commendable result for their first season.

Jake Liddell and Lucy Copeland were locked out of the medals before today’s racing yet had a promising result in the Nacra 17, with a third in the medal race placing them sixth in the overall rankings.

Kookaburras clean sweep in NZ

NSWIS athletes Tim Brand, Matthew Dawson, Dylan Martin, Flynn Oglivie, Blake Govers and Jeremy Hayward steered the Kookaburras to a perfect Trans-Tasman Series in New Zealand last week, winning all four games.

The Kookaburras won the final match on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over the Black Sticks in Auckland, with Blake and Jeremy scoring goals for the team.

The series provided the perfect preparation ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham as the Kookaburras look to claim a remarkable seventh-straight gold medal.

Olyslagers finishes third

Olympic silver medallist Nicola Olyslagers (nee McDermott) continued to build on her form from last week’s appearance at the Diamond League, clearing 1.93m to place third in the women’s high jump behind Ukrainian quinella Yuroslava Manuchikh (1.96m) and Iryna Gerashchenko (1.93m).

Just one centimetre off her season’s best, the Australian record holder placed third on countback having failed to clear 1.85m on her first attempt.

Although the event also promised to bring fans the long-awaited showdown between Australia’s two best female jumpers, it wasn’t to be with Eleanor Patterson withdrawing from competition just hours before, citing discomfort in her non-takeoff foot.

Articles courtesy of Diving Australia, Hockey Australia, Sailing Australia and Athletics Australia

Image courtesy of Sailing Australia

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