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Badminton duo to compete at Victorian Junior Titles

WestVic Academy of Sport: Cason Sports Badminton Program members Josh Gay and Daniel Hocking will this weekend compete at the Protech Victorian Junior State Titles.

Held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November, Gay and Hocking will be competing for the title of Victorian Champion in their respective events.

 

Gay will compete in the 15/Under age group in the Boys Singles and Boys Doubles, and Hocking will compete in the 15/Under age group in the Boys Singles; Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

Gay and Hocking will compete against each other in the Singles and Doubles competition; Gay pairing with Thomas Crothers in the Boys Doubles, and Hocking to compete alongside Thomas Webster and Temika Aimee Gay in the Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles respectively.

Earlier this year, Gay defeated Hocking to claim the Under 15 Singles and Doubles crown at the Ballarat Closed Championship. Gay won the final of the Boys singles, defeated Hocking.

 

As members of the WestVic Academy of Sport: Cason Sports Badminton Program, both athletes, along with their fellow squad members, gain access to weekly coaching from former Olympic and Commonwealth Games representatives Rhonda Cator, Stuart Brehaut and Andrew Perks. Regular strength and conditioning coaching is provided to all athletes, as well as access to Nutritional information, Sports Psychology relevant to their sport, as well as biomechanical filming in order for them to view their stroke technique.

 

For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419, or visit the WestVic Academy of Sport website at www.westvicsport.org.au.

 

 

Badminton champions to be crowned

Ballarat Badminton Association will hold its Singles and Doubles Championships over the coming two Wednesdays.
The Singles Champion will be crowned on Wednesday 19 November and the Doubles Champion to be crowned on Wednesday 26 November. Both events will be held at the Ken Kay Badminton Stadium on Dowling Street, Wendouree.

 

Members of the WestVic Academy of Sport: Cason Sports Badminton Program will be entered into both events, with these championships being a continuation of the currently running Singles tournament at the Stadium.

 

Athletes are expected to use this tournament in preparation for the upcoming ProTech Victorian Junior State Titles held on November 29 and 30 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Several athletes will be in contention for State Titles at these Championships.

 

Entries are open until Friday 14 November for the Singles Championships, and Friday 21 November for the Doubles Championships.
Entries for the Junior State Titles are now closed.

 

 

For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419, or visit the WestVic Academy of Sport website at www.westvicsport.org.au.

 

WestVic Academy of Sport Tennis program application open

Western Victoria’s future Tennis stars have a terrific opportunity to further develop in 2015, with applications now open for positions with the WestVic Academy of Sport Tennis program.

 

The WestVic Academy of Sport and Tennis Victoria together aim to provide a service to the young and aspiring talented junior Tennis players in the region to complement the daily and weekly training athletes do with their private tennis coach; ensuring athletes have as much support as they can possibly have in their tennis pursuits.

 

The program is delivered through four training camps (1 day, 1 per school term) which include two hitting sessions and an off-court activity (access to a musculo-skeletal screening which leads to a personalised strength and conditioning program; nutrition and sports psychology sessions; as well as competition support at various tournaments throughout the state).

There is also an additional session taking place in October 2015 at Melbourne Park. Tennis Victoria provides funding and other resources to deliver the tennis program.


Trials will be held at the Mt Prospect Tennis Club, Bridge Street, Park Lake Creswick, commencing at 9:30am, and concluding at 11:00am. The trials will cover a range of on-court activities, so players should come prepared accordingly. The trial is an open invite with no RSVP required.

 

For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419, or visit the WestVic Academy of Sport website at www.westvicsport.org.au.

 

Athletes return with medal haul after National Games

Multiple Ballarat athletes have returned from a successful week at the 2014 Special Olympics National Games.

 

Equestrian rider Marion McKenzie finished the competition with two gold medals in the Le Trec and Prix Caprilli and two silver medals in the dressage and English Equitation.
Competing on a donated horse, as all competitors do at these games, McKenzie was able to ride her way to four medals, over the week long games. She has now placed herself in an excellent position to be selected for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, America in 2015. Announcements for this team are not expected to made for some time.

 

Fran Wellard competed in the A Grade women’s basketball, winning a silver medal along with her Victorian teammates. They had a successful tournament, winning two games and losing two games, going down in the gold medal match to their New South Wales opponents.

 

Swimmer Keziah Glenane swam her way to a silver medal in the 100m backstroke, finishing with a time of 2:03.81. Glenane also swam in the 100m and 200m freestyle, as well as the 200m backstroke.

Madee Townsend also competed in the swimming, competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle for 8th and 7th place respectively; the 50m backstroke where she came 7th and swam the freestyle leg of the 4x50m medley relay, where her team finished with a silver medal.

 

Kellie Hughes competed in the teams, singles and doubles in the Bowling, finishing fourth, third and fourth respectively.

 

Over 1000 athletes made the journey to Melbourne with athletes competing in 12 sports throughout the week long event. An opening and closing ceremony were held to recognise the athletes, volunteers and coaches involvement.

 

All athletes are members of the WestVic Academy of Sport: Special Olympics Ballarat program, and gain access to a musculoskeletal screening and weekly Strength and Conditioning coaching and Nutritional advice tailored to their specific needs.

For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419, or visit the WestVic Academy of Sport website at www.westvicsport.org.au.

 

   

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