10 things we learnt in July
1 August 2017
With our Aussie athletes dominating at World Championships across the globe and our winter athletes ramping up preparations for PyeongChang 2018, here are 10 exciting things we learnt this month:
1. Launching a website is really exciting! We discovered this on July 24 when we launched our new website for the 2018 Australian Winter Olympic Team. Haven’t seen it yet? Make sure you visit the new website HERE.
2. Australia will be sending its largest ever Athletics World Championships team to London 2017. The previous largest team was 54 in Seville, Spain, in 1999. This year the team will surpass the record with an extra 8 athletes to bring the total teal size to 62. The London 2017 World Championships kick off on Sunday!
3. Our PyeongChang hopefuls might be fantastic at their chosen sports, but their Koran language skills might need a little practice...
4. Jess Fox has won 11 U23 World Championship gold medals from 14 World Championships appearances!
5. For the first time in over a decade, Australia had more short track speed skaters record World Cup qualifying times than there are World Cup spots available. So Ice Racing Australia held a qualifying event to select Australia’s new World Cup team.
6. At the recent FINA Budapest 2017 Swimming World Championships, in 57% of individual races, our Aussie swimmers clocked faster times than they did at the World Championships trials – that’s the best improvement in performance from the National Championships to the major meet in the last 5 years!
7. We need to expect the unexpected from the PyeongChang 2018 Snowboard Cross course, according to Sochi 2014 Olympian and 2018 hopeful boarder cross rider Cam Bolton.
8. Four time Olympian, three time Olympic medallist and Athens 2004 Olympic Champion Mark Knowles has played over 300 games of hockey for Australia, and his 300th cap came with a triumphant 4-0 victory over Egypt at the World League Semi-Final, and a ticket to the 2018 World Cup.
9. We haven’t had a fencing team in the top 12 in the world for 25 years… Well that was until our men’s foil team finished 12th at the 2017 World Championships in Leipzig, Germany in July. Plus, Sholto Douglas recorded Australia’s best individual foil result for Australia in 14 years!
10. For the first time ever in Olympic history, the IOC will award the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 at the same time, and it was today (August 1st) announced Paris will host 2024, while Los Angeles will host 2028!