ADP Student-Athletes Successes and Triumphs Across Australian & International Sporting Events

Deanna Kennedy


Since the start of the year , UniSA Sport Athlete Development Program (ADP) student-athletes have showcased their prowess on various national and international stages. From the adrenaline-filled waters at the Australian Canoe Polo Nationals to the precise footwork of racewalking in Turkey, here's a glimpse of their remarkable achievements.

The 2024 Paddle Australia Canoe Polo National Championships, held in the ACT from 29-31 March, witnessed some intense competition. Among the athletes competing were UniSA's Frederick Sands and Alex Trewartha, who represented the U21 SA team, clinching the bronze medal. Additionally, Trewartha, alongside Will Polley as the captain, showcased their skills in the senior Men's team, securing a commendable silver medal.

In the heart of Adelaide, from 11 to 19 April, the Australian Athletics Championships unfolded with remarkable displays of athleticism. Tryphena Hewett emerged as a shining star, claiming a gold medal in the Women's U20 pole vault, soaring to a new personal best of 4.20m, an equal state record and a World Junior qualifier. Meanwhile Lachlan Schoepf displayed versatility, showcasing his prowess in various disciplines, including shot put, discus, and hammer throw.

Lillee Wakefield exhibited consistency and determination placing fifth in the Senior Ambulant Women's shot put and discus events. However, it was her bronze medal triumph in the Senior Ambulant Women's javelin, marked by a personal best of 17.13m, that stood as testament to her unwavering dedication.

UniSA Student, Nellie Langford, a rising star in racewalking, showcased her talent on the international stage at the World Teams Racewalking Championship in Antalya, Turkey. Competing in the under 20 10km event, Langford secured the 32nd position, achieving her second world junior qualifying standard. Additionally, her stellar performance at the Australian Athletics Championships, where she clinched a bronze medal in the U20 Women's 10,000m event, highlighting her promising future in athletics.

Representing the 19/under South Australian team at the National Netball Championships held recently in Frankston, Sophie Fenton-Killick exhibited her skills on the court, contributing to her team's commendable 6th place finish overall.

Selected for the 2024 FYFE Adelaide Jets Team in the Australian Water Polo League, Tahlia Scipioni showcased her prowess in the pool. Despite facing tough competition, Scipioni and her team secured 9th overall, a testament to their hard work and determination.

In the fast-paced sport of hockey, Jamie Van Der Ploeg left his mark at the Hockey Australia U21 Championships. Representing South Australia, Van Der Ploeg emerged as the team's highest goal scorer, showcasing his skill and agility on the field.

All these achievements underscore the talent and dedication of student-athletes  who are being supported in the Athlete Development Program, whilst studying at UniSA. Across diverse sporting disciplines, inspiring the younger generation and setting the stage for future success on both the national and global stage. 

Canoe Polo photo taken by Carolyn J Cooper


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