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Netball Sunday Sessions 1 & 2

Netball Sunday Sessions 1 & 2

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Snowboard Success

Snowboard Success

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BSA swimmer, Dylan Logan has been kept busy over the past month, in between speaking at the Bis Sport Breakfast, breaking a few records, adding a few more personal best times to his growing list and making a trip to Brazil.

After representing Victoria at the SSA Swimming championships in July, the 16-year-old has recently had a great performance at Swimming Victoria Country Championships Short Course in Ballarat. Dylan came home with 5 medals; in the multi class 3 bronze medals in the 50metre breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly and 5th place in the backstroke. While in the able bodied, Dylan won silver in the 100-metre butterfly and bronze in the 400-metre individual medley. He also had 8 other top ten performances; four fourth place finishes in the 100m freestyle & individual medley for 16/17 age group and in the 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley in the open age. On top of that he also finished 5th in the open age 200m breaststroke, 6th in the 16/17 age 200m freestyle and two 8th places in the 100m backstroke and breaststroke. Coming home with all the above as well as 9 Personal Best times, while also breaking two Australia S15 Short Course records!

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Prior to such an excellent performance, Dylan stopped in at GMHBA Stadium for the BSA’s 9th annual Bis Sport Breakfast to have a chat with Geelong Cats great Billy Brownless. The pair spoke about Dylan’s hearing impairment and the strategies he uses to overcome issues that can arise, as well as his next big competition representing Australia at the 5th World Deaf Swimming Championships in Brazil. He also mentioned of some of his most memorable moments around swimming competitions and his move over from South Africa in 2015. To top of a great morning for Dylan, he also managed to take out first prize in the Bis Sport raffle, a signed and framed Geelong Cats 2019 jumper.

Dylan headed off to Brazil last Friday to compete at the World Deaf Swimming Championships and has just finished up racing, so we excited to hear how he went!

Well Done Dylan!!

Former BSA Netballer Kelsey Browne, has had the full athlete experience in 2019 realising the highs and lows of Sport.

This year saw her move clubsto the Collingwood Magpies joining sister Madi, after a stellar career with Sunshine Coast Lightning winning Suncorp Super Netball championships in 2017 & 2018.

This year has seen Kelsey continue her success with selection on the Australian Diamondsteam for the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, United Kingdom. With 16 countries in contest for the World Cup, the Aussie Diamonds played Northern Ireland (88/24), Zimbabwe (73/37), Sri Lanka (99/24), Barbados (91/22), Malawi (74/25), and an adrenaline pumping win New Zealand by a single point (50/49). This win put them into the Semi-final against South Africa (55/53).

Kelsey had a very successful tournament, where she was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) on two different occasions out of the 8 games. Named in the starting 7 for the Grand Final, Kelsey and the team faced New Zealand, in what turned out to be a heartbreaking one-point loss. However, a Silver medal from the World Cup is another amazing achievement and outstanding performance that Kelsey can add to her list.

In a turn of events Kelsey has just been sidelined for an extended period with injury, rupturing her ACL. As with all athletes, injury is one of the biggest challenges and how we respond often defines the individual more than the injury itself. It is the way that Kelsey responded, that the BSA is very proud of. She immediately re-entered the arena after the initial treatment supporting her teammates. Naturally disappointed, she inspired her team with her selfless act. She put on a brave face and continues to be so very positive as she enters the recovery phase.


The BSA would like to acknowledge Kelsey, her parents Chris and Mark and her sister (champion netballer) Madi. This unit have displayed the value of strong guidance, support and encouragement. All athletes should be so fortunate to have this environment around them.


Winter is Andy Deans time to shine, as the BSA Snowboarder has had plenty of success this snow season!

Andy first hit the slopes at the Victoria Interschool’s Snow Sports event, competing in three snowboarding events and one skiing event.

In a pretty successful day at the office, Andy bought home a Gold in two events; Giant Slalom and Slope Style. He also finished with a Silver in the Snowboarder Cross event and fourth place finish in the Skier Cross event.

As well as a fantastic individual performance, Andy was also apart of the Boys Division Two team representing Geelong College, who also won First place on the podium in all four of their events.

These fantastic results saw Andy and his team qualify for Nationals up at Mount Buller!

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Two weeks later it was back to Mount Buller for the Australian Interschool Snowsports National Championships.

Individually, Andy had another stellar performance in the Snowboard GS, taking out the Gold and claiming the Australian National Champion title! He also won Bronze in the Snowboard X event.

Keeping the performances coming Andy, along with teammates Emerson Facer & Alexander White claimed Gold in the Division Two Teams Snowboard GS and Snowboard X, coming home Australian National Champions!

It is marvellous to see such performance on both an Individual and team level, by an athlete that has backed it up with only having a two-week gap between the major competitions!

Congratulations Andy!

The BSA netballers have been kept busy over their weekends recently, learning and training with some of the best over four Sunday sessions.
The aim of these sessions is to share experiences, resources and information with the athletes, in a team based environment tailored to the needs and demands of netball.

July 21st was the first session, where Susan Meaney coached the girls through some practical activites. With a strong focus on movement techniques, the netballers went through a range of skills and drills based around footwork, ball handling, positioning and agility.

The second part to day included an education session around a netball related topic. Corio Bay Health Group Physio Bernadette Downey was in charge of all things injury prevention. The main message from the session being 'Keeping us out of the moon boot'.

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The second session was set for July 28th, with local champion Renee Garing taking lead as head coach but not without some assistance from Kaitlin Amor & Hannah Kennedy. This week’s session focus was on defensive skills and the physical requirements of being a netball athlete. The question being posed 'what does it take to really stand up?'.

The aim of the second education session included the idea of what does an elite athlete look like in “action”. Psychologist Stephanie Rice led the conversation, exploring the factors around mental toughness in the form of injuries and the benefits of goal setting. The idea of resilience was also a topic of the session, looking at strategies to use when dealing with injury and setbacks.


Stay tuned for more details from sesion 3 & 4 soon!



  • Athlete Wellbeing and Sports Psychology

    Athlete Wellbeing and Sports Psychology

    The BSA places a strong emphasis on holistic development and provides a comprehensive wellbeing and Sports Psychology service to athletes. This is done through a series of education workshops, small group workshops and one on one consults with one of the BSA’s wellbeing/Sports Psychology team.
    When speaking about wellbeing there are a range of different factors that can impact on athletic performance, as well as our every day health and wellbeing. Sleep, stress, diet, exercise and mindfulness are just some of the topics we will look at within our wellbeing workshops to ensure you are functioning at your best.

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  • Medical Network

    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. 

    The Medical Network includes physiotherapists, sports doctors, sports psychologists, massage therapists, osteopaths, podiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, dieticians and diagnostic imaging. 
  • Sport Specific Skill Development

    Sport Specific Skill Development

    Each BSA partner sport provides sport specific practical training opportunities for their athletes. These sessions are of an elite standard and will most often be conducted by a specialist coach of either State or National level.

    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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  • Strength & Conditioning

    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

    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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