Thursday, 14 March 2019

The Seven News Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young people throughout Western Australia under the age of 29.

The Sports category has seen a number of UWA athletes make the shortlist, with the finalists to be announced on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

UWA West Coast Swimmer Brianna Throssell remains one of Western Australia’s foremost talents, nearly a year after being named WA Swimmer of the Year for a third time.

In 2018, Brianna enjoyed a stellar Commonwealth Games, winning Gold in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay, Bronze in the 100m Butterfly, and finishing fifth in the final of 200m Butterfly.

Her next challenge is the Australian Swimming Championship in early April.

UWA student athlete Rahul Jegatheva became a world champion at 16, and was named a Champion of Champions just a week before beginning University.

Training under UWA’s Dr Grant Landers at the UWA Triathlon Club, Rahul continues to break boundaries and is fast becoming one to watch.

UWA Athletics Club pole vaulter Nina Kennedy also enjoyed a stunning Commonwealth Games, coming away with a bronze medal.

The medal came after Nina had been consistently pushing her personal best with every jump, with her strong form continuing into 2019.

Student athlete and fellow UWA Athletics Club member Declan Tingay also reached a new personal best in 2018, with the race-walker breaking several Australian records along the way.

In July, Tingay produced the best performance of all time by an Australian junior, setting a new 10,000-metre Australian junior record.

The record previously belonged to current Commonwealth Games champion and Olympic bronze medallist Dane Bird-Smith.

The finalists will be announced on Wednesday 27 March 2019, with many of the athletes due for a big schedule of events within the next six months.

Media references

Louis Humberstone

UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events Coordinator

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