VIS Athlete Selections for 2023 Pacific Games

Nineteen Victorian Institute of Sport athletes have been selected in the 75-strong Australian team for the 2023 Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands.

Close to 5000 athletes from 24 nations will descend on Honiara next month to compete in 24 sports, some of them with Olympic qualification attached to the performances.

Australia is competing across eight sports in the games which begin on November 19 and conclude on December 2.

VIS athletes will compete in seven sports, most of them in the combat sports of judo, taekwondo and boxing. The opportunity for direct qualification for Paris 2024 is available to the boxers and mixed archery team, with rankings points vital for qualification on the line in other sports.

Five of the eight-member Australian Taekwondo contingent prepare out of the VIS and the neighbouring National Combat Centre.

Stacey Hymer and Reba Stewart, both Olympians in Tokyo 2020, head the group which also includes 18 year-old Matthew Summerfield who will be making his Pacific Games debut. The teenager medalled at the 2022 World Junior Taekwondo Championships.

Hymer won gold at the National Taekwondo Championships in Perth last weekend.

“Being selected to represent Australia is such great recognition and reward for all the training and determination to make it to this competition,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to making connections with other athletes and learning the culture of our Pacific neighbours.”

 

VIS 2023 Pacific Games athletes

Judo

Ryley Rametta Under 63 kg

Danny Vojnikovich Under 90 kg

Saya Middleton Under 70 kg

Anneliese Fielder Under 48kg


Taekwondo

Reba Stewart +67kg

Tyrone Staben +80kg

Stacey Hymer 57kg

Liam Sweeney 80kg

Matthew Summerfield 68kg

Rebecca Murray 67kg


Boxing

Harry Garside 63.5kg

Caitlin Parker 75kg

Marissa Williamson Pohlman 66kg

Tyla McDonald 60kg


Athletics

Jack Lunn 800m

Mia Scerri Heptathlon


Sailing

Charlotte Wormald Sailboard


Archery

Laura Paeglis Mixed Team


Weightlifting

Brenna Kean 64kg 

View the complete Australian Team list here.

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