After a year’s delay to the 2020 Olympics, nine Illawarra Academy of Sport representatives are ready take on the best in the world in Tokyo.
Sarah Carli, Jye Edwards, Sally Fitzgibbons, Blake Govers, Emma McKeon, Flynn Ogilvie, Ellen Perez, Grace Stewart, and Kieran Woolley will join nine other athletes from the Illawarra South Coast region as part of the 488-athlete strong Australian Olympic Team, the second largest team in Australian history.
Sarah Carli, Jye Edwards, Sally Fitzgibbons, Flynn Ogilvie, Ellen Perez, and Kieran Woolley will all make their Olympic Debuts in Tokyo.
“Being an Olympian is the pinnacle of sport and to know that I’ve reached that point is fantastic,” Sarah Carli said. “All the hard work has been worth it.”
Included in the debutants is current IAS BluescopeWIN Lonestar, Kieran Woolley, who will be the Australian team’s equal youngest athlete to attend the Tokyo Games.
“It will be great to make history being one of the first competitors to skate in the Olympics,” Kieran Woolley said.
Emma McKeon, Grace Stewart and Blake Govers will be becoming dual Olympians in Tokyo after all competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
McKeon will enter the Tokyo Olympic games as a medal favourite when she contests seven events including three individual events and four relays. She will be looking to improve on her outstanding campaign in Rio where she came away with a gold in the 4×100 freestyle relay, silver in both the 4x200m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay, and an individual bronze medal in the 200m freestyle.
After the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos both finished in 6th position in Rio, Govers, Ogilvie and Stewart will be doing their best to make an impact and go for gold in Tokyo.
“It is an outstanding feat for the Illawarra Academy of Sport to have nine representatives compete at the 2020 Olympics, a true testament to the depth of talent this region produces,” John Armstrong, IAS CEO said.
The NSW Regional Academies of Sport are represented by 30 athletes, with the IAS boasting the most representatives.
Good luck to all athletes! We will be cheering you on from right here at home in the Illawarra!
Read the athlete bios here and watch them live at https://7plus.com.au/olympics
IAS ATHLETES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- Saturday July 31: Women’s 400m hurdles heats 10am
- Monday August 2: Women’s 400m hurdles semi-finals 9.35pm
- Wednesday August 4: Women’s 400m hurdles final 12.30pm
- Tuesday August 3: Men’s 1500m heats 10.05am
- Thursday August 5: Men’s 1500m semi-finals 9pm
- Saturday August 7: Men’s 1500m finals 9.40pm
- Saturday July 24:
- Women’s 100m butterfly heats 8.28pm
- Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay heats 10.15pm
- Sunday July 25:
- Women’s 100m butterfly semi-finals 11.40am
- Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay final 12.45pm
- Monday July 26:
- Women’s 100m butterfly final 11.30am
- Wednesday July 28:
- Women’s 100m freestyle heats 8.02pm
- Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay heats 9.34pm
- Thursday July 29:
- Women’s 100m freestyle semi-finals 11.53am
- Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay final 1.31pm
- Mixed 4x100m medley relay heats 9.28pm
- Friday July 30:
- Women’s 100m freestyle final 11.59am
- Women’s 50m freestyle heats 8.24pm
- Women’s 4x100m medley relay heats 10.36pm
- Saturday July 31:
- Women’s 50m freestyle semi-finals 12.32pm
- Mixed 4x100m medley relay final 12.43pm
- Sunday August 1:
- Women’s 50m freestyle final 11.37am
- Women’s 4x100m medley relay final 12.15pm
Blake Govers & Flynn Ogilvie – Kookaburras
- Saturday July 24: Australia v Japan 10.30am
- Sunday July 25: Australia v India 7.30pm
- Tuesday July 27: Australia v Argentina 10.30am
- Wednesday July 28: Australia v New Zealand 10.15pm
- Friday July 30: Australia v Spain 11am
- Sunday August 1: Quarter-finals from 10.30am
- Tuesday August 3: Semi-finals from 11.30am
- Thursday August 5: Bronze-medal match 11.30am
- Gold-medal match 8pm
Grace Stewart – Hockeyroos
- Sunday July 25: Australia v Spain 11am
- Monday July 26: Australia v China 1.15pm
- Wednesday July 28: Australia v Japan 7.30pm
- Thursday July 29: Australia v New Zealand 10.15pm
- Saturday July 31: Australia v Argentina 12.45pm
- Monday August 2: Quarter-finals, from 10.30am
- Wednesday August 4: Semi-finals, from 11.30am
- Friday August 6: Bronze-medal match 11.30am
- Gold-medal match 8pm
- Thursday August 5:
- Men’s park heats 10am
- Men’s park final 1.30pm
- Saturday July 24 – Women’s doubles rounds commence
- Thursday July 29 – Women’s doubles semi-finals
- Saturday July 31 – Women’s doubles bronze-medal match
- Sunday August 1 – Women’s doubles gold-medal match
- Sunday July 25, from 8am – Women’s round one and two
- Monday July 26, from 8am – Women’s round three
- Tuesday July 27, from 8am – Women’s quarterfinals and semi-finals
- Wednesday July 28, from 9am -Women’s bronze-medal match and gold-medal match