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As the Athletics season ends for this year, we would like to mention some achievements by BSA Athletes.






Ethan Grills
Ethan had an outstanding performance at the Victorian Championships. Winning 2 Gold medals, a Silver and a Bronze with 4 Personal Best times including a 28 second improvement in his 3000m time! The conditions were very unpleasant, but his times were excellent ranking him 1st in Australia in steeple and 3rd in the 1500 and 3000m events. Many good judges rank him as one of the best performing athletes in the whole championship.
In April, Ethan followed up with another great performance at the Athletics Australia National Championships in Sydney. Ethan finished 2nd in the U16 3000m, missing the gold by a nose however, still managed to run a sub 9-minute time (improving his personal best by 6 seconds)!
Ethan finished off the event with a Gold medal at the National Championships in the U16 2000m race, a comfortable win with another 7 second personal best time!

Congratulations Ethan!


Olivia Gross
At the recent Victorian Championships, Olivia stepped up into the U20’s Pole Vault and won Gold with a jump of 3.70m. She also jumped in the Open Women’s and finished 2nd with a jump of 3.80m.
Following on from this, Olivia has since competed at Melbourne University for the Rare Air Competition and jumped 4m which is a new personal best.
National Championships in April have seen Olivia become the Australian U18 Pole Vault Champion, jumping 4m and has qualified to represent Australia in the Oceanic Games in Townsville.

Congratulations Olivia!


Alexandra Tarr

Alexandra has had a great performance recently at the Victorian State Championships, winning Bronze in the U18 100m race, her result of 12.48 seconds qualifying her for the National Championships!
Heading to Sydney for the Australian National Championships, Alexandra finished 12th in the U18 100m race.

Congratulations Alexandra!


Drew Semmens

Drew once again competed in Victorian Country Champs in Bendigo with wonderful success. This dedicated athlete represents both his region, family and the BSA with great pride. The 2018 BSA winner of the Community Award was rewarded for his training ethic and skill. Drew won a Gold Medal in the 100 & 400m ambulant events
Drew followed this up with another great performance at the Victorian State Championships, winning a Silver in the 400m ambulant & Gold in the 800m ambulant!

Recently at the Australian National Championships in Sydney, Drew raced in the 400m Ambulant equaling his PB of 52.7, crossed finishing line 2nd & came 4th overall. He also raced in the 800m Ambulant, running a season best time, crossed line 3rd & received Bronze medal!


Congratulations Drew!

Recent success from BSA Swimming Athletes!


Dylan Logan
After great success in the South African Long Course Open Nationals in late 2018 where he finished 1st in the 50 & 100m Breastroke, 2nd in the 100 fly & 200m individual medley!
Dylan has recently been advised by Deaf Swimming Australia that he was selected to compete in the Deaf World Championships being held in Brazil later this year! After recently being notified that he will become an Australian citizen, Dylan will compete for Australia!

This fantastic for Dylan, his family and all his coaches at Geelong Swim club & his school Christian College. The Barwon Sports Academy community wish him all the best in August.
Other recent results for Dylan in 2019 include;
• Dylan also broke the S15 Boys 16 years old Australian Record for 100 m Breaststroke at Inter Districts
• Victorian Country Championships MC – 5 Gold
• Tasmania State Championships MC - 7 Gold, 2 Silver and a Bronze (able bodied 1500 free)
• Country Inter district Championships representing D23 -Barwon South West - 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze and 14th









Madison Cooper

In January at the Victorian Country Championships at Warragul, Madison had a huge program of 10 Individual events and 4 relays over 3 days. A total of 22 events over 3 days. Madison's hard work at training certainly paid off. She highlighted her enormous potential by being placed 2nd overall in the Female points score.

Below are her results;
• Gold in the Open Women's 200 Backstroke and setting a new Country Championships Event record by 2.28 seconds that had been standing since 2012
• Gold in the Women's 400 IM and setting a new Country Championships Event Record by 4.43 seconds set by a past swimmer of Geelong Swimming Club Kahlia Marsh from 2014.
• Gold in the Girls 14/15 Years 200 IM and setting a new Country Championships Event Record by .91 of a second that had been standing since 2011
• Gold in the 14 / under 4x50 Medley Relay
• Silver in the Open Women's 100 Backstroke, the 4 x 50m 14/U freestyle, 4 x 100m Open freestyle & 4 x 100 Open medley relays.
• Bronze in the 14/15 Girls 100 Freestyle, Open Women’s 200 freestyle & Open Women’s 400 freestyle.
In February at the Victorian State Open Championships she continued to perform exceptionally. This included a 4th place in the 1500 m freestyle A final and an Open National Time of 17.36.36 which ranks her 2nd in Australia for her age and also within 8% of the World Championships qualifying time which if she replicates at National will put her in the Swimming Australia Talent ID Program.






Results review from the recent Ballarat Junior Tournament in April for the BSA Tennis Athletes.

Rebecca made it through to her first 16s girls final and lost in a tight match to Anna Santurini!

Saxon played some great tennis on the way to making the semifinal of the 14s singles event losing out to the number one seed!

Saxon, Curtis and Josh all made the semifinal of the 14s doubles event. 

Taj reached the semifinal and lost in a big battle to eventual winner James O'Sullivan in a tight super tiebreaker!

Taj and Gavin reached the semifinal of the 16 doubles!


Other Results to also mention;

Congratulations to Jason who won the 14 singles at Pakenham. Well done!!

Gavin made the semifinal of the 16 doubles at Pakenham 

Minami won the Hume 12s girls doubles. Well done Minami!!

Congratulations to all Athletes on a Stella Performance!




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    Medical Network

    The BSA has an extensive Medical Network coordinated by Justin Edwards from Corio Bay Health Group. Athletes are provided with benefits such as priority access and a discounted consult rate. 

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    The format for each sport’s practical program will be developed to service the needs of the athletes and compliment the training and competition loads.

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    The aim of the BSA Strength and Conditioning (S&C) program is to educate athletes on the importance of S&C as both a performance enhancing and injury prevention measure.

    Each partner sport is allocated a set S&C schedule. Sessions address the components of fitness specific to that sport and take into consideration the development level of the athlete, current training load and competition period of that sport.

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    Education Program Schedule

    The Athlete Education Program provides personal and sporting development opportunities to athletes through a series of workshops relevant to the holistic development of highly talented athletes.

    The aim of the program is  to assist athletes in achieving their full potential through the education and practical application of balance in sport and life. The BSA places a strong emphasis on utilising the highly knowledgeable and experienced pool of expert presenters that exist within the Barwon Region.
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