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2018 Wrap Up: July Jubilation

19 December 2018

AOC: July was a massive month for the Australian Olympic Team, full of exciting countdowns, stellar results and broken records.

The unstoppable Jess Fox kicked off July in style, making it six World Cup wins in a row at the third World Cup in Augsburg, Germany. The double triple edged the 24-year-old ever closer to becoming the most successful paddler of all time, threatening to usurp both her mother and father from the throne!

Excitement for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games ramped up, with several young athletes being selected across gymnastics, kayak, basketball 3x3, hockey, triathlon and roller speed skating.

Surfer Steph Gilmore took out her 29th Championship Tour in South Africa at J-Bay, reclaiming her World No.1 leaders jersey.

When asked what her advice would be to young surfers, the Murwillumbah local said,

“Don’t underestimate yourself or feel like you know everything. Be open to learning and growing.

“You could win 20 World Titles but there is always something to learn and improve upon.

“Most importantly, have fun! Because this is a hell of a life!”

Steph Gilmore

Further on the water, Australia’s Men’s and Women’s Eights won the Grand Challenge Cup and the Remenham Challenge Cup at the 2018 Henley Royal Regatta.

The team became the first Aussie crews to win the titles since 2000 and 2001, respectively.

The Men’s and Women’s Fours backed it up for the Aussies, later claiming gold at the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne.

Out of the water and onto the beach, Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho Del Solar continued their reign of dominance, taking out the Espinho Beach Volleyball Open in Portugal.

The win marked the dynamic duo’s fourth World Tour gold for the season, the most gold medals ever won on the FIVB Beach World Tour than any other combination in Australian Beach Volleyball history.

An impressive feat for the team who were only playing their first season together!

Dual Olympian and bronze medallist, Liz Cambage made WNBA history scoring 53 points, 10 rebounds and shooting with 77% accuracy for her Dallas Wings team. Putting it into perspective, it was over 20 years ago in the NBA where Michael Jordan scored 50 points, 10 rebounds and 75% shooting accuracy against the Pistons in 1996.

In Archery, Ryan Tack, Taylor Worth and David Barnes claimed bronze at the Archery World Cup in Berlin.

With BMX set to make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, Logan Martin gave Australia plenty to be excited for, taking out gold at round three of the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup in Edmonton, and the X Games in Minneapolis.

Logan claimed gold in BMX Park and silver in BMX Dirt in Minneapolis, while Brandon Loupos took home the gold in BMX Dirt.

Thirteen-year-old skateboarder Sabre Norris claimed silver in the open women’s skateboarding category, a great indication of things to come for BMX Park and Skateboarding on the Olympic stage.

Logan Martin

Also making its debut at Tokyo 2020 is the Mixed Triathlon Relay, and the Aussie team of Jake Birtwhistle, Ashleigh Gentle, Aaron Royle and Natalie Coevorden proved they were in good stead, taking out silver at the Triathlon Mixed Relay Worlds.

The AOC celebrated NAIDOC Week and 2018’s theme, “Because of her we can,” by hearing the journeys of several Indigenous Olympians and the women who have inspired them along the way.

And the countdown was on, with Olympic sports counting down '2 Years To Go' until Tokyo 2020 on July 24.

Liana Buratti

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