Weekly Wrap: World Record, OAM, Birthday Gold, Birmingham Selections

Posted on June 14, 2022 by

It was an extra special long weekend for NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athletes as world records, awards, birthdays and national team selections were celebrated around the globe.

Men’s 200m IM SM9 World Record broken by Hodge

Para Dolphin and NSWIS athlete Timothy Hodge made swimming history in Maderia, Portugal on the weekend smashing his hero Matt Cowdreys’ 14-year men’s 200m individual medley SM9 world record, in front of a packed-out Funchal Swimming Pools Complex.

After qualifying and entering the final the fastest, the 21-year-old stormed home in just 2:13.43, leaving behind Frances’ Ugo Didier (2:15.74) and Italian Federico Morlacchi (2:20.99).

Young-gun Jasmine Greenwood then finished the teams’ night one campaign, claiming bronze in the Women’s 50m Freestyle S10 Final with a personal best time of 28.37.

Wu wins gold at Diving Grand Prix

NSWIS diving star Melissa Wu, made a stunning return to the international stage at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Calgary, Canada over the weekend winning the gold medal with 14-year-old Charli Petrov in the women’s platform synchro finals.

 

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Eight from 14 at Paralympic Awards night

NSWIS scholarship holders have won an incredible eight of the 14 awards presented at the 2022 Paralympic Australia Awards evening with athletics queen Madison de Rozario OAM and snowboard star Ben Tudhope, named Australia’s Paralympians of the Year for 2020 and 2022.

Jakara Anthony now OAM

NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder and mogul skier Jakara Anthony, Australia’s only gold medallist at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics was honoured on this year’s Queen’s Birthday list for her service to sport.

“It’s such a massive, massive honour,” says the 23-year-old, who receives the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

“The people I’ve seen receive that award before me and who – I’m sure – I’ll be receiving it alongside, they’re such incredible and accomplished people.”

 

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Golden Birthday Celebrations

NSWIS athlete Jessica Fox has celebrated her birthday with a gold medal in the Women’s K1 at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague on Saturday.

Jessica, who turned 28 on Saturday, said it was nice to return to the top of the K1 podium after winning bronze at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, and missing the final at the 2021 World Championships.

“It was challenging with the world championships, and with the Olympics winning bronze, but I won the overall world cup title in the kayak, so I knew it was there, I just had to pull it out in those runs,” Jessica said.

 

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Triathletes selected for Birmingham

NSWIS scholarship holder Natalie Van Coevorden remains Australia’s top ranked athlete on the World Triathlon Championship Series after a tough day of racing when the WTCS returned to Leeds last weekend. Unveiling a new bike for the occasion, Natalie, emerged from a very competitive pack to finish an encouraging 11th in a women’s race.

While in the mixed relay Charlotte McShane was part of the Australian team which finished in sixth place. Thirty one year old Charlotte has been selected for the national team to compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the mixed relay, while Natalie has also been selected and will make her Commonwealth Game debut in Birmingham.

Hockeyroos squad named for Birmingham

Jocelyn Bartram, Greta Hayes, Kaitlin Nobbs, Courtney Schonell and Mariah Williams have been selected onto a dynamic Hockeyroos team blessed with experienced international stars and rising talent will seek to reclaim a Commonwealth Games gold medal next month in Birmingham.

Sydney’s Greta, Courtney and Mariah from Parkes in NSW will make their Commonwealth Games debut.

Track and field athletes find form

At the Portland Track Festival, Charlie Hunter delivered a much-improved 1:45.58 to finish in fourth place of the 800m, as the US-based Australian looks to find his best form ahead of the international opportunities ahead in 2022.

The NCAA Track and Field Championships at Eugene’s Hayward Field witnessed a crop of rising Australians mix it with the very best in the collegiate system among them Ed Trippas.

The Princeton student torched his way around the 3000m steeplechase in the second fastest time of his career, stopping the clock in 8:20.29 to finish in fifth place and hit the qualification standard for the World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games – with the Tokyo Olympian peaking at just the right time.

Articles courtesy of Paddle Australia, Triathlon Australia, Swimming Australia and Hockey Australia

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