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Hennessy claims Silver at Oceania Championships

WestVic Academy of Sport athlete Joel Hennessy is the current Silver medallist at the Oceania Karate Championships.
Held in Suva, Fiji, Hennessy fought hard in the Gold medal bout, only to go down 0-1.
On his way to the final, he defeated his opponent from Papua New Guinea 13-5 and his New Zealand opponent 5-1.

 

Hennessy has had a busy few months recently, competing at the Australian Karate Federation National Championships in Perth; the South Australian Championships and the Karate Australian Open in Sydney.

He returned from South Australia with a gold medal and the title of South Australian Champion; brought home Silver from the Sydney championships; and unfortunately returned without a medal from Perth due to injury hampering his participation.

 

Hennessy is a student at Bacchus Marsh Grammar (BMG), and is part of their Elite Sport Program. WestVic Academy of Sport has partnered up with BMG this year in order to delivery additional services to these elite athletes, in order to complement their current training schedules. Strength and conditioning training, sport specific Nutrition sessions, and Sports Psychology sessions are all available to these athletes as members of the Elite Sport Program with BMG and WestVic Academy of Sport.

 

His lead up to these Championships were slightly disrupted by an injured foot, however Hennessy fought through the pain, and is now reaping the reward.
A rest is now on the cards for Hennessy, before he resumes his training schedule and prepares for upcoming competitions.

 

Oceania Championships and Northern Territorty Nationals ahead

WestVic Academy of Sport athlete Joel Hennessy is preparing for the upcoming 16th Oceania Karate Championships. Held in Suva, Fiji, Hennessy will be competing in the Kumite Male Junior 68kg weight division, against competitors from 9 other Oceania countries, including New Zealand, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and host nation Fiji from 11-13 September.

 

Hennessy has had a busy few months recently, competing at the Australian Karate Federation National Championships in Perth; the South Australian Championships and the Karate Australian Open in Sydney.

He returned from South Australia with a gold medal and the title of South Australian Champion; brought home Silver from the Sydney championships; and unfortunately returned without a medal from Perth due to injury hampering his participation.

 

Hennessy is a student at Bacchus Marsh Grammar (BMG), and is part of their Elite Sport Program. WestVic Academy of Sport has partnered up with BMG this year in order to delivery additional services to these elite athletes, in order to complement their current training schedules. Strength and conditioning training, sport specific Nutrition sessions, and Sports Psychology sessions are all available to these athletes as members of the Elite Sport Program with BMG and WestVic Academy of Sport.

 

Fellow Academy athlete, Emma Werner is in her final preparations for the upcoming Northern Territory Athletic Nationals. Competing in her pet event, Hammer Throw, Werner will also compete in the Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump and Triple Jump all in the Open Womens Division.

 

In June of this year, Werner competed in the Oceania Athletics Championships in the Cook Islands, and threw 40.56m in the Hammer Throw, just 0.12m away from her personal best. Pair this with a recent trip to Tasmania for the Winter Throws Competition, and Werner is in a very good position to finish close to, or above, her personal best.

 

As an athlete with the WestVic Academy of Sport, Werner has regular biomechanical analysis filming in order to monitor the progress of her throwing technique, and also to send to her coach, who lives in Tasmania. She frequently travels to Melbourne to train with another coach, as well as regular training sessions at Federation University’s Toning Point Gym alongside her Strength and Conditioning coach Luke Jongebloed.

 

Swimmers prepare for Victorian Short Course Championships

WestVic Academy of Sport Swimming program members will be competing at the Victorian Age Short Course Championships this weekend, 5-7 September.
Held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), swimmers from all over the State will be competing for the title of State Short Course Champion over a range of various disciplines and distances.

 

The following athletes will be participating in the following events:

  • Joshua Brien- Male 13 years age group

100 IM; 200 IM; 50 Free; 100 Free; 200 Free; 100 Fly; 200 Fly; 100 Back and 200 Back

  • Winona Hoffman- Female 16 years age group

100 IM; 200 IM; 50 Free; 100 Free; 200 Free; 100 Breast; 200 Breast; 100 Back and
200 Back

 

  • Matthew Jenkins- Male 15 years age group

100 IM; 50 Free; 100 Free; 200 Free; 200 Back and 100 Back

 

  • Jed Prouse- Male 17-18 years age group

100 IM; 100 Breast; 200 Breast; 100 Back and 200 Back

 

  • Vrij, Maaike- Female 16 years age group

100 IM; 50 Free; 100 Free; 100 Breast and 100 Back

 

 

Athletes are all part of the WestVic Academy of Sport Swimming Program, and receive a musculoskeletal screening and tailored Strength and Conditioning program and will gain access to a group Psychology session, and follow up individual Psychology sessions.

In the lead up to these titles, all athletes undertook a Nutrition session last Friday evening on the topic of “nutrition to lead into and during major tournaments”.

   

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