Simplot Games 2018

7 February 2018

Simplot Games 2018

 

Once again Maribyrnong College has been invited to provide our athletes the opportunity of competing in the 40th running of the Simplot Games to be held in Pocatello, Idaho from the 15th to the 17th of February 2018.

This will be the fourth year that Maribyrnong Sports Academy has been involved in the event which hosts over 2100 High School Track and Field Athletes from the United States, Canada and Australia to compete in one of the premier indoor Athletics events in the world for High School Students.

Maribyrnong Sports Academy director Mark McAllion says it’s a great honour to once again be involved with such a prestigious event.  “This event provides an amazing opportunity for our student-athletes to compete at a high level, and teaches them to learn to cope with the challenges traveling overseas and competition can provide.  We’ve seen great performances at the Simplot Games by our athletes in the past, with the event providing a catalyst for our all of our Athletes to take the next step in their Athletics journey.

Mr McAllion praised the J.R Simplot company for their backing of the event over such a long period of time and for the support they provide our athletes. “Without Simplot Australia’s continued support, our student-athletes would not have gained the experience which will prove to be invaluable for their future.  We look forward to continuing our association with Simplot and their Partner companies in the future.” 

Simplot Australia’s Managing Director, Graham Dugdale says he is extremely proud of the outstanding efforts of the young athletes that have represented Australia in the Simplot Games over the past 4 years. “We are also very thankfully for the support of our co-sponsors LINFOX, ORORA and OLIVER WIGHT who have helped provide this amazing opportunity to Maribyrnong Sports Academy athletes”, Mr Dugdale said. 

Maribyrnong Sports Academy Athletics Head Coach Darren Clark says the Simplot Games has given our students a great opportunity to shine on an international stage. “These experiences don’t come around every day.  The ability to test yourself against the best from another part of the world is something every Athlete would love to do, but only a few get the chance. “Athlete’s such as Celeste Mucci, Jessie Andrew and Jamieson Battistella have since been picked for Australian teams. Celeste is in line for selection in the Heptathlon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.  I have no doubt their performances in past Simplot Games have helped to get them to where they are now.”

Maribyrnong Sports Academy will be taking six students to the Simplot Games this year to represent not just Maribyrnong College but Australia.

JAMIESON BATTISTELLA

Jamieson will captain our team in 2018 after competing in 2016 and 2017. Jamieson represented Australia in the Oceania Championships in Fiji in 2017 and has won numerous state titles in high jump and heptathlon, finishing 3rd in the 2017 national heptathlon championships. Jamieson will compete in high jump, shot put and 4 x 200m relay in the 2018 Simplot Games.

 

KELERA RATU

A multitalented athlete who finished 4th at the recent LAVIC state combined events championships and has been a regular state finalist in 200 and 400m as well as 400m hurdles. Kelera is making her first trip to the Simplot Games and will compete in the 400m and 4 x 200m relay.

 

ANGUS WOOD

The only male member of the 2018 team, Angus narrowly missed selection in 2017 and his persistence has paid off jumping over 13m in the triple jump this year and cementing his spot on the team. Angus will compete in the 60m and triple jump.

 

ELLA NICKOLAUS

Ella is the youngest member of the team, making her first trip to the Simplot Games. A sprinter who is a regular state finalist in both the 100 and 200m. Ella will run in the 60m and 4 x 200m relay at the 2018 Simplot games.

 

ALLISON WILLIAMS

Ally took the leap of faith in 2017 and moved from her family home in Bright to Maribyrnong College to further her athletic development. In the past 12 months she has won the NSW heptathlon championships and finished 2nd in the ACT multi event championships. Ally will compete in the high jump, long jump, 60m hurdles and 4 x 200m relay in Pocatello.

 

BIANCA PUGLISI

Bianca was selected as a development athlete in the 2017 Simplot games team and has progressed steadily in her preferred 3000m event since returning. Bianca is a multiple state and national finalist who will once again take on the gruelling 3200m event again in 2018.

In the past, members of the Maribyrnong Sports Academy/Simplot Australia team have competed with distinction winning gold medals in numerous events and taking their Athletics career to the next level including US College and National Representation.

2016 representative Olivia Gallagher received a full scholarship to a US College after winning the 3200m at the Simplot Games.

2015 representative Amelia Mazza-Downie won the 3200m Simplot Race and has since gone on to represent Australia at the World Youth Championships(Colombia), World Cross Country Championships (Africa) and the World U20 Championships (Poland).  Amelia has again qualified for the U20 World Championships to be held in Finland later this year

Jessie Andrew competed in the 2015,16 and 17 Simplot Games, winning a Bronze in the 200m and was part of the Gold winning 4 x 200m relay team last year. She has since represented Australia twice in the Oceania Championships, winning 4 Gold Medals at the 2017 Championships in Fiji.  Jessie has run the qualifying time for the 2018 U20 World Championships in Finland.

2015,16 and 17 Simplot Games representative Celeste Mucci has won multiple medals in High Jump, Long Jump, 60m Hurdles, 60m Sprint and the relays at previous Simplot Games.  She has represented Australia at World Youth and Junior Championships and holds the Australian U20 Heptathlon record.  Celeste is currently ranked No. 4 in the world for the U20 Heptathlon and is on the verge of selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

The team leaves Melbourne on the 12th of February and will spend 2 days in Salt Lake City, Utah before heading North to Pocatello, Idaho and competing in the Simplot Games.

For more information or media requests for Athletes either before or during the Simplot Games please contact:

Tony Schibeci –  schibeci.anthony.c@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

 

 



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