Commonwealth Games 2018

28 February 2018

Commonwealth Games 2018

Maribyrnong Sports Academy will have a strong presence on the Gold Coast when this year’s Commonwealth Games kicks off at the end of March.

Our school will have 3 formers students and 4 current academy coaches involved across the sports of Athletics and Badminton

Celeste Mucci, who completed her VCE last year, has been named in the Athletics team as a heptathlete.  Celeste won automatic selection into the team winning the national title two weeks ago on the Gold Coast.  Her score of 5812 was 70 points clear of her nearest competitor. Celeste has been the dominant heptathlete this season with this performance complementing her national Junior U20 record earlier in the season.

Gronya Somerville will compete in her second Commonwealth Games having been a member of the badminton team for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.  Gronya finished school at Maribyrnong in 2013 and has been a regular in the Australian team since.  See is currently completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science at Victoria University. She will compete in the Women’s Doubles event

One of our Badminton Academy coaches Ross Smith will be competing with Gronya at his 4th Commonwealth Games. Ross has been at the Academy for 2 years and has been named in the Men’s Doubles

Glenn Warfe is a team coach for the Australian Badminton team. Glenn represented Australia at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics partnering Ross Smith in the doubles at both events. Glenn joined Maribyrnong over 5 years ago and has been an integral part of our Badminton Program

Head coach of the MSA Athletics program, Darren Clarke, has lead an outstanding few years in the development of many talented athletes across a wide range of events. In this current Australian domestic season, four MSA current and former students have qualified for the IAAF World Junior (U/20) Championships, and Celeste’s automatic selection into this year’s Commonwealth Games team is a great reward for his efforts over many years at MSA, and with Celeste.

MSA High Performance Manager Brent Vallance will also be a part of the Australian Athletics team (his fourth as an athlete or a coach) as the personal coach for walker Jemima Montag (20km walk). Brent has praised the effort of all MSA Staff and coaches, as he recognises and has seen first-hand the long and irregular hours that these MSA staff have done for the both the student athletes at MSA, and those they work with around their commitments at MSA.

Academy Director Mark McAllion says the sports academy was set up to support pathways for emerging athletes. “It is extremely pleasing that the Academy is forefilling its aim of supporting Athletes to achieve their dreams. It’s also great recognition for our coaches who do an amazing job not only supporting our athletes but working with the best in the business at the top level of sport and then bringing that knowledge base back to our student Athletes here at the Academy.”

Congratulations also to former Maribyrnong College teacher and Academy coach Renuga Veeran on making the Badminton team.

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