January 2018 was an exciting time for the Australian Olympic Team, with the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games on the horizon in February and anticipation in the air, the year kicked off with a bang!
The strength of women’s sport has emerged with two-time paddling Olympian Jessica Fox and double paratriathlon World Cup event winner Lauren Parker taking out the top gongs at the NSW Sport Awards.
Ash Barty and Alex de Minaur became the first ever joint winners of the prestigious Newcombe medal, joined by a slew of fellow award winners at the Newcombe Medal, Tennis Australia Awards on Monday.
Ash Barty is projected to rise to a career-high ranking of No.15 after claiming the WTA Elite Trophy title in Zhuhai, China - capping her 2018 season on a high note, with an all-important top-16 seeding at January’s Australian Open on the cards.
In the tightest of circumstances, Ash Barty has secured her passage into the WTA Elite Trophy semifinals after Caroline Garcia beat Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets.
Australia has finished its Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympics campaign with four gold medals, eight silver and another four bronze to go with personal bests and invaluable experience on the biggest stage for young elite athletes.
Australia’s sole tennis representative Rinky Hijikata has won silver in the men’s doubles alongside his Bulgarian partner Adrian Andreev at Buenos Aires 2018.
Cormac Kennedy-Leverett added another medal to Australia’s Tally on Day 4 of Buenos Aires 2018, taking home bronze; while Liam Christie and Lidiia Iakovleva were members of the gold and bronze winning Multidiscipline Gymnastics Team Event.