RIO Bound Olympic & Paralympic Selections

RIO Bound Olympic & Paralympic Selections

Confirmed selections for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic teams take shape

A number of SASI athletes have had their spots confirmed for the Rio Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The extremes of experience are highlighted from two-time Olympian and recently crowned London Gold Medallist Jared Tallent, to first time Olympians in Jack Rossiter (Target Rifle) and Kyle Chalmers (Swimming). Overall SASI and South Australia is again expecting to be well represented as part of Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

Four Paralympic athletes have already secured their ticket to Rio, including eleven-time Paralympian Libby Kosmala (Shooting). Several first time Paralympic team members have won selection including swimmers Liam Bekric and Jesse Aungles and Table Tennis player Sam Von Einem. Cyclist Kieran Modra has been selected to represent Australia in track cycling, and will compete in his eighth Paralympic games. Coaches who have gained selection so far include SASI Canoe Sprint Head Coach Nathan Luce who is an assistant with the Men's 1000m teams and Adam Dydik, who will work with Jess Trengove and the Australian Distance runners in Rio.

There are many Olympic and Paralympic selections still to be finalised. More than 20 athletes still await official selection and nomination for Rio. These include a mix of experienced and potential first time team members including cyclists; Anna Meares, Stephanie Morton, Matthew Glaetzer and Pat Constable (Track Sprint ) with Annette and Alexander Edmondson, Jack Bobridge, Callum and Miles Scotson and Glen O’Shea (Track Endurance). The traditionally strong cycling contingent from South Australia could well be rivalled with potential major SASI representation in the Hockeyroos. Karri McMahon, Georgie Parker, Jane Claxton and Gabrielle Nance all remain in strong contention for Australia’s Women’s Hockey Team with final selections to be made following the upcoming Champions Trophy taking place in London towards the middle of June.