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2015 AIS sports draft athletes come together for the first time

Meet the new intake of the AIS Sports Draft
Meet the new intake of the AIS Sports Draft.

10 Apr 2015

Athletes from all over Australia who were successful in the 2014 AIS sports draft processes came in to camp recently in Canberra to be briefed on their roles and responsibilities for the year ahead.

A total of 22 Athletes and 12 coaches spent two days attending sessions devoted to subjects such as nutrition, career and education, skill acquisition, working with the media as well as team bonding and values activities.

AIS Deputy Director of Athlete Coaching Leadership Andrew Logan said it was a great opportunity for the athletes and coaches to come together and gain an understanding of what is expected under the sports draft program.

“We brought in some of the 2014 sports draft athletes to share their experiences with the new group and communicate some of the challenges they have faced,” he said.

“Defence personnel provided challenges and some gruelling training sessions to give athletes a perspective on the intensity required to compete at the elite level.

“Transferring from one sport to another with the aim of competing at the Olympic level is not easy and all the athletes will have some tough challenges over the next 12 months and beyond.

“However, we are already seeing some pleasing results at the state and national levels from some of our sports draft athletes and we expect to build on this further.”

Athletes were recruited in 2014 for combat sports, women’s rugby 7s, kayak and canoe and track cycling and have come from a diverse range of sports such as gymnastics, touch football, bobsleigh and surf lifesaving.

Isabella Rositano (SA), who is joined by her sister Luisa in the squad, transferred from rowing to canoe. Isabella’s lifelong dream is to compete in the Olympics.

“As soon as I saw the opportunity on Facebook I went for it,” she said.

Elliot Brown made the move from triathlon to track cycling.

“Coming from a triathlon background I have done some cycling before so I have high expectations for myself,” Brown said.

List of 2015 AIS sports draft athletes

Name Sport State
Darcie Morrison Women's Rugby 7s NSW
Janina Strauts Women's Rugby 7s ACT
Ashleigh Werner Women's Rugby 7s NSW
Emily Burke Women's Rugby 7s NSW
Sophie Quirk Women's Rugby 7s NSW
Claudia Obst Women's Rugby 7s NSW
Georgia McLeod Women's Rugby 7s QLD
Tarnica Golisano Women's Rugby 7s WA
Amelia Habijanec Taekwondo NSW
Sonia Morey Taekwondo VIC
Josh O’Sullivan Judo QLD
Luisa Rositano Judo SA
Kendall Byrnes Boxing QLD
Ebony Mumford               Boxing VIC
Georgia O’Neill Boxing ACT
Annabelle Standing Kayak WA
Isabella Rositano Canoe SA
Kristen Woodcock Canoe SA
Owen McLeod Kayak SA
Nadia Maddalena Kayak QLD
Joe Keelan Kayak QLD
Emma Scriven Track Cycling NSW
Elliot Brown Track Cycling NSW


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