A shortlist of athletes and junior athletes has been decided by WAIS, following elite performances at benchmark competition over the past 12 months. Silver medallist and UWA-West Coast swimmer Tamsin Cook has held the junior title for the past two years. This year’s prize is set to be presented at the WAIS Annual Awards at the Pan Pacific Perth next month.
The UWA-linked athletes for the awards are:
Holly Barratt (UWA Alumni)
Holly Barratt enjoyed a breakthrough campaign to become the oldest debutant ever on an Australian Dolphins team. Holly earned a bronze medal after swimming the heat of the 4x100m medley relay and also set a new personal best in the 50m backstroke, qualifying for the final in the process. Barratt snared a national title in the 50m back to earn her ticket to Budapest.
Brianna Throssell (UWA West Coast)
Having switched to UWA West Coast post Rio Games, Brianna Throssell expanded her representative honours list with selection onto the Australian Dolphins team at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. The butterfly star swam the 100m and 200m events and came home with a bronze medal after swimming the heat of the 4x100m medley relay for Australia.
Georgia Wilson (UWA Student Athlete)
Having missed out on an opportunity to compete at the 2016 Junior World Cup through injury, Georgia Wilson responded in the best possible fashion to earn selection in the Australian women’s national squad, before going on to make her senior International debut for the Hockeyroos as Australia secured a 2018 World Cup spot at June’s World League Semi-Final in Belgium.
Bronwyn Cox (UWA Boat Club) (Joint with Annabelle McIntyre)
Bronwyn Cox and Annabelle enjoyed a dream debut at U23 level, when they combined to win a silver medal in the final of the Olympic-class women’s pair at the World Championships in Bulgaria. With McIntyre recently turning 21 and Cox still just 20 years of age, the pair represent an exciting future for Western Australian sweep rowing over the years ahead.
Jemima Horwood (UWA West Coast)
Competing at 15 years of age, UWA swimmer Jemima Horwood produced an excellent international debut at the FINA Junior World Championships in Indianapolis to swim the anchor leg of the Australian mixed 4x100m freestyle relay as the team secured a bronze medal. Horwood qualified for the team after winning gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle events at the Age National Championships in Brisbane.
Tim Putt (UWA Torpedos)
With Australia promoting youth at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Tim Putt seized his opportunity to represent Australia with a series of composed performances defying his tender years. The 18 year-old would go on to captain Australia’s junior team at the Junior World Championships in Serbia in August.
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