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Special

Mentions

 

 

 

Thanks to all our nominees for their amazing entries in this year’s Sports
Boost program.

 

They may not be finalists this year, but take a look at the fantastic junior
athletes below.  They all receive a Special Mention and a $200 Sports
Boost to help them along their road to greatness.

Bridget-Davies

Bridget Davies – Acrobatic Gymnastics

 

11-year-old Bridget is a young Acrobatic Gymnast who has been competing for only two years. In her short time in the sport, she has won gold and silver medals at State Gymnastics Championships in various divisions, earning her the right to compete internationally at the 2017 Vegas Acro Cup. Ultimately, Bridget aspires to represent Australia internationally in Gymnastics at the World Championships and Youth Olympics.

Presley-Brian-Johnson

Presley Johnson – Taekwondo

 

Presley Johnson has not only won State Championships in both NSW and QLD, but also National Championships and Quarter Finals in International Competitions, all by the age of 16. This year he’ll be mixing it with the best of the Korean Junior Team at the AIS in Canberra, defending state and national titles, and competing to represent Australia at the World Championships.

 

Bailey Armstrong

Bailey Armstrong – Marathon Swimming

 

Finishing last year as Australia's top junior Open Water swimmer, Bailey Armstrong gained selection into the Australian team to compete at the FINA World Cup in Abu Dhabi where he finished an amazing 33rd, only 1 minute behind the winner and first out of the Australians. Full of confidence from his achievements in 2016, Bailey has set his long-term sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 10km Marathon swim race.


 

Nathan Donaldson, Wheelchair Racing

Nathan Donaldson – Wheelchair Racing

 

At the age of 14, and after only 1 year of competing, Nathan has shown great improvements in both his times and his dedication to represent Australia. He is currently training hard to qualify for the Junior World titles in Switzerland.
 

Oliver Schwartz – Rowing

Oliver Schwartz – Rowing

 

After winning the National Titles of Under 19 Men's Pair and Under 19 Coxless IV in March, he was selected to row for Australia and the World Junior Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, aged 17. Having just finished Year 12, he plans to wear the green and gold for years to come.


 

Logan-Owen

Logan Owen – Gymnastics

 

Logan Owen is a young gymnast who continues to compete at the highest level. The 13-year-old has taken part in State and National Championships. He was also recently invited to his first international competition in the USA in December. His next big goal is to do his family proud overseas, hit the Nationals hard and one day represent his country at the Olympics.

 

 Annalee-Grove

Annalee Grove – Soccer

Annalee Grove is one of Australia’s most exciting goalkeepers. In 2016, aged 14, she was named Goal Keeper of the tournament at the U17 Nationals. After turning 15 Annie was selected in the U20 Young Matilda's Australian Team that competed in Myanmar and China, U17 Junior Matilda's Australian Team that competed in Vietnam. Expect to see Annalee on the world stage very soon.

 

Alexandra Kiroi

Alexandra Kiroi – Rhythmic Gymnastics

 

Alexandra Kiroi is making a name for herself in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Australia. She’s claimed 6 all-round State Championship Titles, as well as an all-round National Title in 2015 along with individual apparatus awards. She’s also one of the few Australian Rhythmic Gymnasts to have won gold medals at International tournaments in Europe. She’s going to continue that form into this year as part of the Australian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team.  

 

Kira Ward – Trampoline Gymnastics

 

Kira Ward has had amazing success at State, National and an International Gymnastics. Her most outstanding achievement to date has been becoming the World U/17 Girls Champion for the Double Mini Trampoline (DMT) at the World Championships in Denmark in 2015 and being ranked 7th at the same Championships for Individual Trampoline. It’s all to come for this exciting junior gymnast.  

Chelsea Gatti – Equestrian

Chelsea Gatti – Equestrian

 

Despite losing her right leg when she was only 17 months old, Chelsea continues to compete in equestrian. A sport she truly loves, Chelsea has been riding since she was 2. These days Chelsea is competing at state and national competitions and won Para-Equestrian Rider of the Year in 2016. In the years to come, she would love to represent her family and her country on the world stage at the 2020 Paralympics.