Content by: Graham Dudley - CEO
Global Wellness Tracking Australia are proud partners and preferred suppliers to Vicsport in Victoria, Australia in the space of reliable human performance testing and tracking and we have teamed up to sponsor an extraordinary award in the 2019 Vicsport Sport Awards.
The Global Wellness Tracking Young Athlete of the Year award has had numerous nominees for excellence across the state in many different sports but the four finalists come from field hockey, swimming, tennis and street skateboarding.
Amy Lawton - Field Hockey
One of the rising stars in field hockey, Amy was selected to play for the Hockeyroos last year at the age of 17. She participated in the Oceania Olympic Qualifiers and during the qualification process against Russia, proving to be an integral part of the Hockeyroos midfield of which she is now a full-time member. At the same time as her national representation, Amy participated in the Under-21 national Championships for Victoria while completing her Year 12 Studies at Haileybury College. She capped 2019 by earning the AIS’ ‘Emerging Athlete’ award and was the VIS’ joint winner of the ‘Rising Star’ award.
Gabriella Peiniger - Swimming
Exceeding expectations and proving herself as one of the Australian athletes to watch for in 2019, Gabriella added to her trophy cabinet with a host of medals at Victorian and national Age Championships. Earning selection on to the 2020 Swimming Australia National Flippers program, Gabriella has already been chosen for the Australian Junior World team and is the highest performing able-body athlete at senior Australian Open Short Course Championships.
Cooper White - Tennis
A whirlwind start to the year saw Cooper claim the J4 doubles title in Christchurch, win two J4 doubles titles and reach the singles final in Jakarta, make the J4 doubles final in Brisbane and represent Australia in the Junior Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying tie all before August. He then went on to represent Australia in the Junior Davis Cup Finals in September and made the JB1 doubles final at Seopwipo, capping off his year by winning the Tennis Victoria Junior Male Athlete of the Year award.
Hayley Wilson - Street Skateboarding
Australia’s number one female street skateboarder for the fourth straight year, Hayley was selected to represent her country at the Olympic qualifiers ahead of the sport making its debut at the 2020 Olympics. She earned that spot by winning the Australian Skate Park Leagues and Australian Skateboarding Federation national Street Skateboarding Open’s, finishing second at the X-Games in Shanghai before claiming second place at the SLS Olympic Qualifier and fourth place at the Dew Tour Olympic qualifier. Hailing from country Victoria, Hayley was named Mansfield Shire Young Citizen and Sportsperson of the Year in 2019, finishing the year ranked sixth in the world.
I look forward to attending the award ceremony at Marvel Stadium with the team of GWTAus and Vicsport to recognise the outstanding achievements of these athletes and many more that create and reinforce sport and active living across Victoria.
Yours in wellness
Graham Dudley - CEO