5 August 2016
Congratulations and good luck to the 50 South Australian athletes who have been selected for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Almost all of the South Australian athletes are either current South Australian Sport Institute (SASI) scholarship holders, or have been supported by SASI during their career.
Making up 12% of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team, our local athletes will contest across 14 sports including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Hockey, Rowing, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Trampoline and Water Polo.
SASI athlete, dual gold medal-winning cyclist Anna Meares, will also led the Australian team into the Rio stadium.
Whilst the SA contingent includes experienced Olympians (24 athletes have a combined 55 games appearances between them including 11 Olympic medalists), for 26 of the athletes it will be their first time in the Olympic Village.
Debutant Kyle Chalmers (100m Freestyle and 4 x 100m Freestyle relay) is SA’s youngest Olympian at 18 years, while David Chapman (25m Pistol) and Scott Keach (Equestrian Jumping) are the oldest Olympians at 51.
Many of our athletes will be striving for a podium finish. Exert analysis suggests as many as 29 SA athletes may bring home a medal, including 11 who are in serious contention for a coveted gold medal. The SASI cycling program is renowned across the world. Siblings Alex and Annette (Netti) Edmonson hope to be amongst the medals in their respective Team’s Pursuit events. And with at least one SASI rider in each of the 10 track cycling events, all genuine medal chances, the velodrome will be one to watch.
SASI’s talent search program has a proud history of uncovering future Olympians and Rio 2016 is no different. Seven athletes, including four cyclists and three rowers, were first identified through the community talent search program – with talent search locations set up again in August to uncover our next Olympic hopefuls.
There is no doubt the stars of the show will be the athletes; but none of it could happen without the dedication and support of the coaches and officials and the South Australian Sports Institute. A contingent of 27 South Australian coaches and officials have also been selected to support the 2016 Australian Olympic campaign.
SASI Director Wes Battams said expert analysis suggests as many as 29 SA athletes may bring home a medal, including 11 who are in serious contention for a coveted gold medal.
“It is really impressive that there such a strong representation from this State,” he said.
“In particular I am really proud that SASI has played such a significant role in the development and support of so many of these athletes. More than 40 of them are currently on scholarship with SASI or train in our facilities and use our support services and staff expertise.”
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