Olympics Unleashed in NSW

Submitted by admin on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 11:18
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40-minute online presentations aimed at High Schools (Year 9) in New South Wales.



With Australians adapting to life at home, Olympics Unleashed is now online and ready to connect Olympians & aspiring athletes to schools and students.  

Olympics Unleashed, presented by Optus is taking athletes into NSW virtual classrooms and homes to inspire and motivate students to be their personal best.

Olympians and athletes aspiring for Tokyo 2020 and beyond are excited to visit your school via an online platform to help young NSW students be the best version of themselves – whether that’s in the classroom, the playground, the sporting field or at home.

Presented in an interactive and engaging way, athletes will share how they set goals, overcome challenges and demonstrate resilience throughout their athletic journey.

The 30 - 40 minute online presentations are aimed at Year 9.

Olympics Unleashed is free for schools and is supported by Optus, the New South Wales Government and the Australian Olympic Committee.

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How will the online visits work?

Olympics Unleashed Online will allow students to connect with athletes whether they are in the classroom or at home. Microsoft Teams has been identified as the preferred platform for online delivery of Olympics Unleashed Online presentations. We are flexible, however and can utilise other platforms preferred by individual schools to ensure accessibility.

Does the online version differ to what was being offered to schools previously?

No the essence of the program which is to inspire and motivate students to be their personal best remains the same. However, the athletes have been provided additional training on effective digital delivery to support the transition to online presentations.

Are the school presentations suitable for all year levels or are they targeted at specific age groups?

At this stage the program is open to Year 9 students.

Which schools are eligible for the program?

All Secondary schools in New South Wales.

Are rural schools eligible for the program?

Yes, all Secondary schools across New South Wales (metro, regional, remote) are eligible to participate.

How long will the program run for?

The program will run from May 2019 to May 2021

Is there a cost to schools for the athlete visit?

No, there is no cost to schools.

Where can I get more information about the program?

Please call the Australian Olympic Committee on 02 8436 2181 or email nsw@olympicsunleashed.com.au for further information.

How many students can see the presentation?

The program can be presented from individual classes to assemblies.

What information will the school receive before the presentation?

You will receive confirmation of the time and date of the presentation; information on the athlete including their profile; key logistics information; and several questions to prepare for the visit to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate.

AOC congratulates Olympic boxer Shelley Watts on key role

Submitted by admin on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 09:35
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has appointed Australian Olympian Shelley Watts to a key role in delivering the boxing program for the Tokyo 2020 Games.


The Rio boxing Olympian has been named as one of ten athlete ambassadors to assist the IOC oversee the boxing program for Tokyo, in the wake of the suspension of the sport’s international governing body, AIBA.
In June this year, the IOC Executive Board determined that the boxing competition will definitely go ahead in Tokyo, with AIBA to remain suspended. The Board appointed a five-member IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) that will guide the sport through qualification and to the Games themselves.

Shelley will take on the role of engaging with the boxing community and bringing the athlete’s perspective to the BTF.

The Task Force, chaired by IOC Member Morinari Watanabe, draws on expertise from previous Games, while the role of National Olympic Committees and National Federations remains unchanged in selecting boxing teams for qualifying events and ultimately through to the Games.  

The group of athlete ambassadors will provide advice to the Task Force that was established to conduct all aspects of the competition in Tokyo, including qualification, the Games’ technical requirements - such as anti-doping, and the split between men and women for the Games.

The ten ambassadors – five women and five men – are drawn from the five regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

AOC President John Coates says Shelley Watts has championed the cause to improve female representation at the Games.

“Shelley is an excellent choice. She’s on the AOC Athletes’ Commission, she a lawyer and she’s fought hard to lift the number of weight divisions available for female boxers and the number of quota spots for women in boxing. 

“Shelley had the opportunity to meet IOC President Thomas Bach at the AOC Annual General Meeting in May where she explained that the representation of women needed to increase to meet the IOC’s aims for equality.

“Since then she has been liaising with the IOC and now we are seeing a 25% increase in the quota places made available for women in Tokyo.”

“This confirms Shelley’s value. She’s a strong and forthright character.”

Australian boxers will qualify through a combined Asia/Oceania regional tournament in Wuhan, China, February 3-14 with a second opportunity in the world qualification event in Paris mid-May 2020.  

Shelley says she’s thrilled with both her appointment and the lift in the representation of women in the Tokyo boxing program.

“For the IOC to make a commitment to ensure our boxers can compete at Tokyo 2020 is a massive credit to the organisation and their values. The opportunity to assist and be a part of the road to Tokyo is not lost on me! 

“We will assist the IOC at the continental qualifying events and hopefully help boxers with any questions they have about this new path to Tokyo 2020.

“While I can't be in the ring in Tokyo, I cannot wait to play a small part in the IOC keeping boxing in the Games and for other boxers to experience the amazing sensation it is to step into the Olympic arena,” Ms Watts concluded. 

Volleyroos kick off final 3-Star campaign at Qinzhou Open

Submitted by admin on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 09:01
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World championship bronze medallists Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar are off to a strong start at the FIVB 3 Star Beach Volleyball tournament in China winning the first of their pool matches, 2-0 (21-15, 21-10).


Joined by last year's Manly Volleyfest winners, Becchara Palmer and Nikki Laird along with fellow Aussies Cole Durant and Damien Schumann, Quinzhou is the last 3 Star event of the season before a final 4 Star event in Mexico next month.


Clancy and Artacho Del Solar enter the tournament as top seeds and along with Palmer, Laird, Durant and Schumann will use the tournament as vital preparation for Tokyo 2020.

So far, Palmer and Laird have played one pool match, going down in a tight challenge to Japan 1-2 (17-21, 21-15, 13,15) while Durant and Schumann won their first round against France, 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) but were later defeated by Belarus 1-2 (17-21, 21-16, 12-15)

The event will run until November 3 and you can keep up to date with their results HERE

Ryan Callinan: Riding the waves of grief, loss and triumph

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/31/2019 - 15:12
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In 2016, Ryan Callinan became Newcastle’s first surfer in over a decade to qualify for the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour, but his battles out of the surf were his most challenging - losing both his father and mother in less than 18 months.


The Merewether local made his WSL debut after a string of impressive performances throughout the World Qualifying Series (WQS). What should have been a joyous time was marred by tragedy when at the beginning of that year, Callinan’s father Garry lost his year-long battle with leukemia.

Garry, or ‘Gaz’ as he was affectionately known, was a life member and sponsor of the Merewether Surfboard Club. A keen surfer who spent his time developing up and coming talent – like Ryan. 

Described as a generous and positive man, his service to the surfing community still lives on.

Garry passed away three-days out from Ryan’s Championship Tour debut and as a tribute, Ryan chose to wear the number 57, the year his dad was born.

Ryan still contested the tour but looking back, realizes it was less about competing and more about serving as a distraction from the devastation of losing his best mate.

“I’d had a really good run leading into the 2016 WSL Tour, but once I was there, I just kept having bad result after bad result,” the 27-year-old said.

It wasn’t long before he realized there was nothing the WSL could give him that would take away the pain of losing his father – and his results were only a mirror of this.

On Mother’s Day in 2017, Ryan’s mum passed away suddenly - less than a year and a half from the loss of his father.

He and his sisters had spent the Sunday morning of Mother’s Day with Janice. Ryan went out for a surf and was planning on meeting the family for lunch at a cousin’s house.

He received a frantic phone call from his sister Billie; “Can you come home? Mum has collapsed!”

Ryan rushed home to an ambulance with paramedics performing CPR on his mum. He tried to help, but there was nothing he could do. Janice passed away before paramedics were able to get her to the hospital.

“It was like everything just hit me at once, my dad passing away, my mum passing away… There was nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. I just had to deal with it head-on,” he said.

The then 24-year-old’s world had again been turned upside down in the most heartbreaking way.

Understandably his surfing also suffered, and he considered calling it quits not knowing if he’d ever reach the heights he had tasted before he lost his mum and dad.

“The rest of that year, my surfing wasn’t very good. I couldn’t focus at all and I considered giving it up,” he said.

“In the long run, losing mum and dad made me consider what was most important to me.

“I still wanted to compete, but that wasn’t my main goal anymore. I let it all go in a way… I just went back to the basics – enjoying surfing as something that I just loved doing.

His change in perspective also led to an inadvertent change in his performance.

“I travelled and just enjoyed surfing with no pressure which translated to me being able to surf freely and at my best. 

 “Those few months in Europe were really special and I just felt like I deserved to be on that tour. The last time mentally, tactically and even energetically, I wasn’t at my best, it wasn’t the right time – I was avoiding dealing with the loss of my father, but then I felt like everything was coming together.”

During those few months, Ryan was back on the WQS, he won a major qualifying event in Japan and tearfully dedicated the win to his parents. He then went on to beat World Champion Gabriel Medina in Portugal and was given a wildcard into the France Pro where he defeated former World Champion Adriano de Souza, World No.1 Filipe Toledo along with fellow Aussie Owen Wright to make the finals.


“The waves just started coming to me for the first time in years. I got my first win, then another and then I received a wildcard into the France Pro where I came second, which is the highest placing I’ve ever achieved.”

Losing one parent would knock even the strongest of people, let alone losing two in less than as many years, but Ryan says the resilience he has found was somewhat of a parting gift from his parents.

“The upbringing my parents gave us, in a way, prepared me for something like this,” he said.

“They would never have foreseen it happening but the amount of love and support they showed me and the attitude they had to life in general, really left an imprint on me.

“They were quite spiritual and taught me that bad things happen in life and you can’t control that, all you can control is your attitude in the face of it.


“The world will keep spinning, bills will keep coming, everyone still has to go to work and make a living – as devastated as you may be, those things don’t stop.

“In a way, losing my parents prepared me for anything life could possibly throw at me, because if anything else happens, I know it will never be as bad as that.

“It took me some time but I realised I had to face my grief and learn to sit with uncomfortable or hard feelings. It’s painful at the time, but it definitely makes you more resilient. 

“My advice for anyone who has gone through something similar is not to run from it or try and block it out, but sit with it, talk to people about it and be vulnerable with people who are there to listen.”

Many surfers consider their craft a spiritual one. Their connection with the ocean and the environment around them plays a big part in their overall performance, but for Callinan the spiritual connection runs deeper than water.

“I knew the best thing for me, and the thing that my parents would have wanted me to do, was to keep surfing,” Ryan explained.

“I’ll have moments when I’m surfing, and I can see my dad out there and hear the conversations he’d be having. He was very jolly and very loud in the surf, always happy and talkative.

“I feel like he will always be there in a way, because when I surf at home, people will say things to me like 'Imagine if Gaz was here to see that', which makes me feel pretty special and close to him.

“I also feel it when I see two birds, a rainbow or if something amazing happens while I’m competing.

“People might say it’s coincidence, but it’s my way of feeling something knowing dad and mum are always there with me.”

Ryan’s goal is to continue to make his parents and family proud and having surfing added to the Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020, is just another outlet for him to do that, but in a very special way.

“If my story can help other people, that’s great, but if it only helps me then that’s fine too,” he said.

As for what it would mean to represent Australia as one of the country’s first Olympic surfers, he says nothing beats having the backing of an entire nation.

“It would be an incredible experience just to feel a nation behind you, pushing you,” he said.

“I think Australia really gets behind it’s surfers within the sport, but to have a whole nation gunning for you, regardless of whether they’re surfing fans or not is going to be so unique and special and I just hope I get to be a part of it.”

Whether Ryan makes Tokyo or not, he is confident of the support of his country, community, and family - both here and in spirit.

“Hopefully the results keep coming and I make it to Tokyo, but if they don’t, then that’s alright too because surfing is something that I’ll always love – whether I am competing or not.

“A ‘day off’ for me, is still a day in the surf.”

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Mitcham to be inducted into International Swimming Hall of Fame

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/31/2019 - 14:02
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Olympic gold medallist and former diver Matthew Mitcham will be inducted into The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) as part of the Class of 2020.


This year ISHOF will induct thirteen honourees from seven countries; five swimmers, two coaches, one diver, one water polo player, one synchronised swimmer, one open water swimmer and two contributors with the event taking place on April 25, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

An NSWIS scholarship holder since 2007 and coached by Chava Sobrino, Mitcham’s career-defining moment came at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when he won gold in the men’s 10m platform.

The winning dive came in the last round of the competition when Mitcham scored 112.10 points, notching the highest score of any dive in Olympic history. It was the first Olympic diving gold medal won by an Australian male since the 1924 Olympic Games and denied China a clean sweep of the diving gold medals at their home Olympics.

Mitcham, under Sobrino’s tutelage also won bronze in the men’s 1m springboard at the 2009 FINA Aquatics World Championships, four silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and capped off his career with one gold and two silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and was named one of the Most Outstanding at the 2016 NSWIS Awards.


After a 26-year wait, Barty leads Aussies into Fed Cup Final

Submitted by admin on Wed, 10/30/2019 - 13:35
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World number one Ash Barty will lead Australia into a historic battle against France for the 2019 BNP Paribas Fed Cup Final, set for 9-10 November at RAC Arena in Perth.


Barty will headline an impressive squad also featuring Australia’s No.2 Ajla Tomljanovic, fellow Grand Slam champion and four-time Olympian Sam Stosur and young guns Astra Sharma and Priscilla Hon.

Australian captain and triple Olympian Alicia Molik said the nation’s first appearance in a Fed Cup Final in 26 years – where the team will be aiming to win Australia’s first Fed Cup title since 1974 – was the culmination of an exciting journey.

“The Fed Cup Final is a momentous occasion for not only the players and team but the wider tennis community and Australian sporting fans,” Molik said.

“We’ve had many magnificent moments so far to get us to this point and I’m so proud of each and every member of our team who has been a part of this journey.

“We have a lot of experience, and we’ll go about our business the same way, not feeling like we need to change anything because it will be the spectacle of a final.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the best of our talent, we have a world No.1 in Ash, a green-and-gold debutante in Ajla, another Grand Slam champion in Sam and two of our rising stars, Astra and Pri.

“Hosting a Fed Cup Final in your home country is a rare and precious opportunity. I know our team will not only embrace the challenge but feed off the support of the fans. It’s going to be a spectacular event and I can’t wait.”

Barty continues to spearhead the team during what has been a remarkable 2019 season, crowned by her first Grand Slam title at the French Open and followed that up with a title in Birmingham, which saw Barty become just the second Australian women in history to ascend to world No.1.

Unbeaten in Fed Cup play in 2019, Barty has won all four of her singles matches plus two decisive doubles rubbers, becoming the first player in history to win six straight World Group matches on the road to the final in the current Fed Cup format.

Riding a 14-match winning streak across singles and doubles, she has not lost a Fed Cup match since February 2017, building an overall win-loss record of 17-2.

Tomljanovic will debut for Australia after a successful year which has seen her spend most of 2019 inside the top 50, and hit a career-high ranking of No.39 in April.

Five times this year she has advanced to the quarterfinal stage at WTA tournaments, going on to reach the final in Hua Hin in February and semifinals in Zhengzhou and Rabat.

Stosur’s experience will be a huge asset to the team, currently holding the record for the most Australian Fed Cup singles wins.

She teamed with Barty to deliver Australia a thrilling 3-2 victory over Belarus in the Fed Cup semifinals in Brisbane, improving her flawless Fed Cup doubles record to 8-0.

Currently ranked world No. 15 in doubles, Stosur has been a consistent doubles force throughout the year after claiming the Australian Open doubles title in January.

Stosur recently reached her first WTA singles final in two years at Guangzhou and will partner with Zhang Shuai for the year-end WTA Finals.

Perth-raised Sharma has been one of the breakout stars on the WTA Tour this year. Beginning her year strongly at the Australian Open, she qualified then reached the second round in singles before advancing to the mixed doubles final with John-Patrick Smith, she then notched her first tour-level final in Bogota in April.

Sharma hit a career-high world No.85 in June and making her Grand Slam debuts at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, she is making her second appearance in Australia’s Fed Cup squad this year.

Hon, like Sharma, has enjoyed a season of improvement currently sitting at a career-high world No.118. Five times she has qualified for WTA events in 2019, most recently in Seoul, where she won through to the quarterfinals. Hon’s biggest highlight this season was making her Fed Cup debut alongside Barty to win the live doubles rubber over the United States in Asheville in February, a result sending Australia into the World Group semifinals.

Australia holds a 5-1 record over France, although the French team won the most recent tie between the two nations in 2000. Australia owns seven Fed Cup titles to France’s two, yet France is appearing in its second final in four years.

The French team is expected to be revealed in the next few days and boasts a strong line-up of top players, including four top 100 players in Caroline Garcia, Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet and Fiona Ferro. Pauline Parmentier has also been a regular member of the team throughout this year.

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Thumbs up for Olympic canoe slalom venue following Tokyo 2020 Test Event

Submitted by admin on Wed, 10/30/2019 - 08:48
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The world’s best canoe slalom paddlers have given the Tokyo 2020 Olympic canoe slalom course the thumbs up following the “Ready Steady Tokyo” test event over the weekend. 


 Australia’s canoe slalom paddlers Jessica Fox, sister Noemie Fox, Lucien Delfour as well as Daniel Watkins are amongst the group of slalom paddlers from around the world who are currently using the first-time opportunity to test the waters at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre. 
The team is training on the course that will be hosting next year’s Olympic canoe slalom competition for two weeks. Lucien Delfour and Noemie Fox also competed at the test event over the weekend (25-27 October 2019). 

“I didn’t race but enjoyed watching and learning from the bank. It looks very challenging and I’m looking forward to learning the ins and outs of this new course.

"They are tweaking features every day so it will be interesting what they decide on for the final course configuration,” world #1 and Olympic medal hopeful Jessica Fox said, who is focussing on training on the new course. 
“Visually the course looks pretty cool – you have Tokyo skyline in the background and Mt Fuji on a clear day, with a big Ferris wheel in front as you paddle down. It looks very similar to Rio. Some of the waves and stoppers are quite variable and it’s tricky! Although there are no big drops, there are a lot of technical components to it,” Fox described her impressions after her first sessions on the course. 
While Jess Fox has been focussing on her training, Lucien Delfour and Noemie Fox also joined the racing action over the weekend with both making the test event final.
Rio Olympian Lucien Delfour finished fifth in the men’s K1 after qualifying with a seventh place in the semi-final, while Noemie Fox finished third in her semi to go through to the final in the women’s C1 where she finished sixth. 
“It was good to have a few runs down the course. I learnt that I had to be rather aggressive and try and makeup time on the upstream gates and the exits, which is hard on this course because the water is really hard to read. I found it a challenge to just let the boat go down the course and I feel you have to control it all the time and it definitely takes time to get used to,” Delfour described the challenges racing on the new course. 


But getting to know the course challenges is what this trip is all about. 
“We’ve had a good time training in Tokyo. We’ve put in a lot of training in this short time with two sessions a day and overall got used to the course quite quickly,” Delfour said. 
It is Delfour’s first time to Japan and he has been loving the experience.


“It’s my first trip to Japan and I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I love the vibe, the order and cleanliness off the city. It’s a beautiful city and there are so many things to see. There are also lots of little things I like, the Ferris wheel at the course, the view of Mt Fuji on the conveyor belt and there are lots of little things like that,” Delfour added about his first impressions of Tokyo and the venue. 
It is also the first time in Japan for Noemie Fox, who is very excited about the opportunity to test a brand-new Olympic course. 


“I’m so excited to be here and it’s a great opportunity. Experiencing a new Olympic course is not an opportunity I’ve had before. I train on Sydney Olympic course, which obviously is a bit older and this one everyone is discovering at the same time,” Noemie Fox said.
“It’s quite challenging, it’s an artificial course that is quite similar to Rio and London in regards to the configuration of the blocks. It’s very pushy and it’s been cool to discover it all,” Noemie Fox added about the course. 
“The course is quite central, we have Disneyland in the background and we can also see Mt Fuji which is supposedly the best feature of the course. It’s all been a bit overwhelming, but so cool and doing two sessions a day and then packing in some of the touristing in the afternoon has been hard but it’s been a great experience and I’m happy to have this opportunity.”
The Australian team will continue training on the course this week, while making the most of their time in Tokyo and exploring the city as well.


“Tokyo is an incredible city and there’s so much to see, it’s a bit overwhelming! I’ve had some great opportunities to visit some shrines, temples and museums and just to wander the city is amazing. I guess we are taking the chance to see as much as we can now because when we return at the next camp before the games we will be focused on training,” Jess Fox said. 
Australian’s canoe slalom paddlers will continue training on the course this week before heading back home on the weekend. 
Fox recently wrapped up another stellar season winning both the K1 and C1 world cup and finishing the world cup final with two gold medals. She also took home two silver medals from the 2019 canoe slalom world championships at the end of September and secured Australia the Tokyo 2020 quota spot. As a consequence, Fox will be able to contest both the K1 and C1 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with the C1 added to the Olympic program for the first time. 
Fox’s world cup and world championships result earned her early pre-nomination for Tokyo 2020 and pending selection by the Australian Olympic Committee over the next couple of months, she will be representing Australia in both the K1 and C1. 
Australia also secured the men’s K1 quota spot at the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in La Seu, Spain, at the end of September after Lucien Delfour finished eighth in the men’s K1. 
While Fox secured herself pre-nomination within the team, the fight for nomination and selection is still open on the men’s team and the men’s C1 quota spot is yet to be secured. The next and final opportunity for Australia to secure an Olympic C1 quota spot will be at the ICF Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships in Auckland at the start of February (1-3 February 2019) with final selections in both the men’s K1 and C1 events to be finalised following the Australia Open in Penrith at the end of February.
See the test event results here: https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-olympic-test-event/tokyo-2019/results
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Tokyo Unleashed Podcast: Stacey Porter

Submitted by admin on Wed, 10/30/2019 - 08:41
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After softball was omitted from the last two Olympic Games, the Aussie Spirit will make a run for their fifth Olympic medal with dual Olympic medallist and first Indigenous Softballer to represent her country in an Olympic Games - Stacey Porter, at the helm.


Since Softball was added to the Olympic Programme at Atlanta 1996, Australia has medalled in every Olympics it contested, winning one silver and three bronzes.

Porter was instrumental in achieving two of these medals at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 and is currently only one of two people on the Australian squad who have ever competed in an Olympic Games. 

After helping the Aussie Spirit of the early 2000's find the Olympic podium, Porter recently captained the team through the Asia Oceania Olympic Qualifiers where they won their spot at Tokyo 2020.

After a 12-year wait, going from a rookie at Athens 2004 to a stalwart and veteran today, Porter now has her sights set on Tokyo Olympic gold.

You can find more Tokyo Unleashed Podcasts below:

AOC thanks Kate Palmer for her contribution to sport

Submitted by admin on Tue, 10/29/2019 - 08:51
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The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has acknowledged the great contribution to Australian sport made by outgoing Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer AM.


AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll says Ms. Palmer’s leadership will be sorely missed following the expiration of her contract on January 31, 2020.

“Kate has brought a cooperative approach to her very challenging role and I believe Australian sport will continue to benefit enormously from her legacy. 

“Certainly, from an AOC perspective, we have enjoyed a positive and constructive relationship with Kate on behalf of the 44 Olympic member sports we represent.”

“There are always constraints, but Kate and I have been on the same page in promoting the very positive role sport can play more broadly to benefit the Australian community, and the National Sports Plan reflects that intent.” 

Mr. Carroll wished Ms. Palmer well in her next endeavour following her three years at the helm of Sport Australia.

Weekend Wrap: Roos to Tokyo, swimming World Record and top tennis rankings

Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/28/2019 - 15:32
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The Hockeyroos are heading to Tokyo 2020 after dominating Russia in their do-or-die qualifier, a swimming world record for mighty Minna Atherton and Ash Barty edging closer to securing the year-ending world number 1 ranking headlines a big weekend in Olympic sport.


Hockey – Hockeyroos book ticket to Tokyo with dominant wins

The Hockeyroos have booked their ticket to Tokyo with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Russia in Perth in their second Olympic Qualification matchup.

The result locked up a 9-2 aggregate victory after winning Friday’s matchup 4-2, ensuring the Hockeyroos will appear at their 11th straight Olympic Games.

Mariah Williams scored a double, with Grace Stewart, Sophie Taylor and Emily Chalker also notching goals.

After narrowly missing out on qualification to New Zealand at September’s Oceania Championships, the Hockeyroos made no mistake in this do-or-die qualification matchup.

Find out more HERE.

Swimming – World record as Aussies ‘Roar’ in Budapest and Melbourne

Aussie swimmers were in action from Melbourne to Budapest, including a scorching short course World Record swim by Minna Atherton in the 100m backstroke at the International Swim League (ISL) meet.

Round two of the ISL competition in Budapest saw a suite of Aussies in red hot form, headlined by Atherton’s incredible 54.89 in the 100m backstroke final for London Roar, becoming the first woman to ever swim under 55 seconds.

Atherton’s London Roar teammates Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon had a dead-heat to jointly win the 100m freestyle in 51.02, with Kyle Chalmers cementing the Aussie 100m dominance, winning the men’s in 45.77.

Atherton also took the 50m and 200m backstroke crowns, while McKeon added to her tally with the 100m butterfly. The 200m freestyle events were dominated by Australians, McKeon and Madi Wilson topping the women’s event while Alexander Graham and Clyde Lewis finished top two in the men’s.

Elijah Winnington won the men’s 400m freestyle in 3.38.30, with fellow Australian Jack McLoughlin in third.

At the Australian Short Course Championships in Melbourne, Kiah Melverton dominated the freestyle events, claiming titles in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m. Koti Ngawati took out the 100m and 50m freestyle.

Jenna Strauch claimed the breaststroke double winning the 100m and 200m, while David Morgan claimed the 100m and 200m butterfly double.

Find out more and get full results HERE. 

Tennis – Barty closer to securing year-end World Number 1 ranking

Ash Barty kicked off her WTA Finals campaign with a three-set win over Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in Shenzen, China.

The world No.1 came through 5-7 6-1 6-2 in one hour and 57 minutes to go top of the Red Group alongside Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, who beat Petra Kvitova 7-6(1) 4-6 6-4. Barty all but secured the year-end World No.1 ranking with a steely comeback victory in her opening match.

Unless disaster strikes and she can’t walk on court again this week, and Karolina Pliskova takes the title, Barty’s gritty win sealed the 23-year-old’s place in tennis history.

The French Open champion will be the first Australian woman to finish a season in top spot since rankings were introduced in 1973.

Find out more HERE.

Alex de Minaur fell just short in Basel, going down to Roger Federer in the Swiss Indoor final. Federer clinched a record-extending 10th Swiss Indoors championship in his hometown, with a 6-2 6-2 victory over de Minaur.

The Australian's run to the final has boosted his ranking, hitting a career high number 18 in the world. Find out more HERE.

Football – Kerr wins NWSL Player of the Year

Sam Kerr’s sensational season continues with the Westfield Matildas captain named the Most Valuable Player in the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League.

The three-time NWSL Golden Boot holder becomes the first two-time winner of the MVP award after also earning the honour in the 2017 season.\

Kerr fired her Chicago Red Stars to second in the NWSL ladder in 2019, scoring a record-setting 18 goals, breaking the previous tally of 17 she set while with Sky Blue in 2017.

Find out more HERE.

BMX Racing – Buchanan back on top in Indonesia

BMX racer Caroline Buchanan has claimed her first victory in her return from injury, winning the Banyuwangi International BMX title in Indonesia.

Buchanan won the title ahead of New Zealand’s London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker and Germany’s Nadja Pries.

Surfing – Aussie charge in Portugal ends in quarters

The penultimate event of the surfing calendar finished in Portugal on Saturday, with American Caroline Marks and Brazil’s Italo Ferreira taking the titles.

Steph Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Nikki van Dijk and Jack Freestone were the best placed Australians, all making it to the quarter-final stage.

With only the season-ending Hawaii Pro in Maui to come, Fitzgibbons (4th) and Gilmore (5th) are firmly in the top ten, while Owen Wright is the best placed Australian male in 7th, with Julian Wilson 11th and Ryan Callinan 12th.

Equestrian – Two Australian podiums in pinnacle Les 5 etoiles de Pau event

Chris Burton on mare Quality Purdey and Shane Rose on Virgil finished second and third at the elite Les 5 etoiles de Pau, one of only six 5-star equestrian competitions in the world.

The three day event combining showjumping, eventing and dressage disciplines with the world’s best riders, with the Australians rounding out the podium behind eventual winner Tom McEwen of Great Britain.

Find out more HERE. 

Canoe Slalom – Paddlers test out Tokyo venue

Noemie Fox and Lucien Delfour tested out the Tokyo 2020 Canoe Slalom venue at the Ready Steady Tokyo event.

Fox made the final of the C1 event, finishing 6th, with Delfour finishing in 5th in his K1 final.

It is the first time for Australia’s canoe slalom paddlers to have the chance to test the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre, and the Australian team is making the most of the opportunity, training in the host city for two weeks.


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