Regional Academy Athletes set to Shine in Tokyo
Written on the 9 July 2021 by SWSAS
As Australia's largest Olympic team since Athens in 2004 was being announced in early July, those at the South West Sydney Academy of Sport held their breath, as three former graduates were handed their 'tickets to Tokyo'.
All three former Academy athletes are amongst Australian teams who are holding strong medal aspirations, as they enter their final weeks of preparation ahead of the much anticipated Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our local Academy graduates form a part of an incredible 30 participating former athletes, who have come through the NSW Regional Academies of Sport network, on their way to Tokyo.
Hockeyroo Emily Chalker is headed to her third Olympic Games, where the team will be looking to maintain the form, of its 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Silver Medal performance.
The Academy Softball program has finally been able to move on from the sports disappointment at being excluded from the Olympics after 2008. By celebrating its return in Tokyo with the inclusion of Academy graduate and former NCAA Softballer, Gabbie Plain.
Our local Academy's third athlete heading to the Games will have to wait just a little longer for her Paralympic debut. With the Paralympic schedule not commencing until late August.
Academy CEO Gerry Knights said, the addition of these Olympic and Paralympic athletes takes our very own local Academy's list in recent times to eight since 2000. With several more former athletes being named as reserves, and in pre-Olympic train-on squads.
The Australian Olympic Committee announced this week a Team of 472 athletes to compete in Tokyo, consisting of 254 women and 218 men, with a record 16 First Nations athletes competing across 11 sports.
Fellow Regional Academy's will see the following athletes representing Australia in the Green and Gold:
Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS):
Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS):
Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS):
Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS):
Illawarra Academy of Sport (IAS):
Southern Sports Academy (SSA):