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Queensland athletes show dominance around the world

31 July 2017

July has been a busy month around the world for our athlete’s. We have seen some brilliant results across a range of sports in both the junior and elite categories creating excitement ahead of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next April and looking further ahead towards Tokyo 2020.

Commonwealth Youth Games

Our junior athlete’s spent much of this month in the Bahamas, not on holiday but competing in the Commonwealth Youth Games. Australia picked up a fantastic collection of medals with the Queensland contingent contributing considerably to the overall tally.

Beaudesert’s Riley Day was awarded the honour of flag bearer for Team Australia before she picked up a gold medal in the 200m and silver in the 100m on the track. Our athletics team were very strong across the board with Ella Connolly (200m and 400m), Benjamin Schmidtchen (long jump), Ellie Bowyer (javelin), Neil Janse (Javelin) and Oscar Sullivan (javelin) adding gold, silver and bronze medals to the medal tally.

The Australian Rugby 7’s girls, continued to prove to the world we are a rugby powerhouse beating Canada 35-5 to claim the gold medal.

Other medal performances across a range of sports are below.

Beach Volleyball

Mark Nicolaidis and James Takken took home bronze


Ella Boot and Tiki Fraser claimed gold and bronze respectively.


Sebastian Berwick took home bronze in the cycling time trial


Francis Newman won silver in U70kg category


Meg Harris – gold in 50m freestyle

Elzbieta Noble – bronze in 50m freestyle

Charles Cox – bronze in 200m butterfly

Max Osborn – silver in 1500m freestyle

Para Athletics

The results don’t stop there. Our Para Athletics Team had a fantastic meet at the World Para Athletics Championships in London with Aaron Chatman and Claire Keefer both winning silver in high jump and F41 shot put respectively while on the track Rio Olympian Torita Blake bought home bronze in the 400m T38 class.

Men’s Hockey

The Kookaburra’s men’s hockey team claimed bronze at the World League Semi Finals in Johannesburg beating Spain 8-1. This result gives them automatic qualification to the World League Finals in early December and the Hockey World Cup in 2018 both in India.


The under 23 World Rowing Championships were held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria recently with Queensland’s young rowers showing the future of the sport is in good hands. The U23’s Men’s Four including two Queenslanders Adam Bakker and Harley Moore, finished in first place while also setting a new world’s best time for their age group in the semi-final. Caitlin Cronin was part of the women’s quad who claimed silver while the lightweight women’s quad featuring QAS athlete Wallis Russell and men’s coxed four coached by QAS rowing coach Ben Southwell were both finalists.

FINA World Championships

The FINA World Championships are in their second week of competition with the diving now complete and swimming taking centre stage. Congratulations to young Queensland diver Maddison Keeney who had the biggest win of her international career to date winning gold in the 1-metre springboard. An amazing effort!

Be sure to stay tuned to the QAS Facebook and Twitter page for all the latest results and news.

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31 July 2017