What a great weekend of sport, with the Australian Men's hockey team taking on the Kiwi's, a couple of our athletics athletes competing over in Belgium, Canoe Slalom World Cup over in Spain and the Capo Nationals in Melbourne.
We kick off with Athletics with a few of our athletes heading over to Nivelles, Belgium to race in a local meet as they get themselves ready for the London Olympic Games. Starting off with sprinter Melissa Breen who recently was named in the team to represent Australia at the Olympics. She raced in the 100m in a time of 11.55seconds into a headwind of -1.2 a great time for her. Brendan Cole was racing in the 400m hurdles which he will contest at the Olympics, racing in a time of 50.6seconds and winning the race, "happy with the result as we only landed in Belgium on Thursday," Brendan said after the race.
Lauren Boden who also specialises in this 400m hurdles, took out the women's 400m hurdles in a time of 57.07, "not overly happy with result, doesn't reflect where I'm at. Tried new stride pattern. Lots more to come that's for sure!!" she said after the race.
400m sprinter Steven Solomon, who also had his first race in Europe on Saturday at the Mannheim Junioren-Gala. He won the 400m in a meet-record 45.71seconds.
"Was such a great feeling running with all the support of my fellow teammates! The meet was awesome, and it was a privilege to race in it."
"The race felt pretty good, and hopefully I can build on it over the next few weeks as I continue my preparation for World Juniors and Olympics." Steven said after the race.
A great start by our athletics athletes as they prepare for the Olympic Games starting next month!
Up to Cairns now where the Kieran Govers and the Australian Men's Hockey side the Kookaburras have been playing in a 3 match series against the NZ Blacksticks, the boys are were on fire in the first two games winning on Friday 6-1 and then again on Saturday 5-1. They come up against the Kiwi's side again today.
Over to Spain now where Canoe Slalom athlete Jess Fox was competing in the World Cup event. She progressed through the heats and semi's to make the final last night, where she took out 6th place in the K1. "Was fast enough for a bronze medal but had too many touches!" she said after the race. Post race interview with Jess below.
Down to Melbourne now where powerlifter Katie Foster was throwing round some huge weights at the Capo National Powerlifting Titles. She not only took out the open senior women's division but also smashed out a world record dead lift of 182.5kg at only 71kg, what an effort!!
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