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SWAS Athletes Succeed in Foundation Cup


Three South West Academy of Sport athletes succeeded in their recent bid to represent Victoria at the Interstate Foundation Cup, held at Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis club last week.

Harry Boyd, Patrick Drake and Eloise Swarbrick all were selected in the Victorian team which is created completely out of regional and rural tennis players throughout Victoria.


The Foundation Cup is a competition which was created to give regional athletes the opportunity to further improve their skills and play against other like-minded athletes from other rural centres in the state and country.


In the interstate final, each player is to play singles matches along with mixed doubles matches with scores averaged out to get an overall result.


Harry Boyd had a 50/50 split with his results winning three of his 6 singles matches along with Patrick Drake succeeding at four of his six matches to help Victoria finish 2nd in the Singles Boys ladder.

Eloise Swarbrick helped with a 4 out of 6 winning streak to help the girls finish in a strong 1st position.

After all competition, Victoria finished 3rd overall in the mixed doubles competition.


SWAS congratulates those three athletes who participated in the finals and all other south west athletes who competed in the cup throughout the competition.


Hard Work and Training Continues



SWAS Archer Niamh Jones has been working extremely hard over the past 12 months, for it all to pay off with her recent qualification for team selection for the Archery Australia World Youth Archery Championship Team.


Niamh is training for a spot in the Compound Cadet Women division; where there are just only three positions. With selections to be made at the end of January, the squad will then train up until the competition which is held on the 8 – 14th June, in Yankton USA.


Niamh has come off an incredible year of training, discipline and success. From her first international competition at the Trans - Tasman competition, Niamh has grown from strength to strength in all aspects of her training; most recently being awarded the SWAS All Rounder award at the Academy’s Annual Awards Day.


The South West Academy of Sport wishes Niamh a good luck for the next coming weeks and we look forward to seeing her developments and accomplishments over 2015.



SWAS Tennis athletes have led the way in the recent John Fitzgerald Cup and Foundation Cup, both runners up in these State u13 years competition run by Tennis Victoria.
Regional Tennis grows in levels every time it’s young tennis players hit the court and the future looks even brighter with the recent SWAS trials for the 2015 Squad unearthing up and coming talent to challenge and drive forward the current crop.
Doug Hill, Regional State Coach and Head coach of the SWAS Tennis Program commented “that the athletes are expanding their individual approach and performance as they go about understanding and implementing the Tournament Performance Development Program and moving into its fourth year the level can only get better.
SWAS athletes achieved ‘finals’ representation for themselves and the ‘Academy’ and region, in total 5 x winners | 6 x runners up | 14 x semi-finalists | 5 x quarter-finalists over the 2014 period in Australian Ranking Junior Tour events, outstanding improvement and contestability.
Covering travel from Bendigo to Warrnambool to Ballarat to CBD Melbourne  athletes and parents make a dedication to the sport and reflects on their commitment and the ‘Sports Academies’ endeavours. 
Tournament Support was delivered at the Bendigo JT in October, where Doug Hill spent 3 x days with players covering areas of warm up; play preparation; match analysis; physical maintenance and mental awareness. Players that attended received a report to add to the ever growing diary of knowledge to further advance their dreams.
SWAS thanks all its sponsors and especially Fresha for their continued support.alt


New Chair Announced



The South West Academy of Sport is happy to announce its new Board Chair, Marian Cornett.


Marian is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 25 years’ experience in both Australia and Canada. Dietitian and Level III Anthropometrist (uses body measurements including
skinfolds to estimate body fat and muscle). Marian is a Director at Sports Dietitians Australia. Marian’s 20 years of sports nutrition experience includes consultation with individuals and groups involving sports such as Australian Rules football, swimming, cycling, triathlon, middle distance and (ultra)marathon running and, most recently, boxing. She worked at the Geelong Football Club from 2004 until 2007. After moving to Port Fairy in 2007, Marian continues with her sports nutrition consultancy in the Southwest of Victoria as well as lecturing in nutrition and physical activity at Deakin University and providing nutritional services at Moyne Health in Port Fairy.


The South West Academy of Sport is thrilled to see Marian take on this leadership role and is looking forward to any new ideas she may bring. SWAS would also like to thank Mark Taylor for all his hard work and dedication to the Academy during his tenure as Chair over the past few years. Mark moves to Vice Chair to assist Marian during this transition.

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