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In partnership with the Western Australian Institute of Sport and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries  
WAIS Athlete Co-Facilitators

Andrew Ford
Water Polo

Andrew has been a WAIS scholarship holder for five years. In that time he has competed at the Junior Men’s (U20) World Championships in 2015 and twice played in the World Universiade in (Kazan 2013 and Gwangju 2015). Andrew also captained the State U20s team to a gold medal in 2015.

Andrew competes in the national league for the UWA Torpedoes. In 2013 the team brought home the silver medal. In 2016 Andrew and his team were the National Water Polo League Champions.

This year Andrew made his debut in the open Australian Team, competing with the ‘Aussie Sharks’ at the FINA World League Tournament on the Gold Coast. At this first international event since the Rio Olympics the Aussies brought home the gold.

Andrew is currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering Science and Economics at UWA where he is in his 5th year of study. Andrew then plans to complete a Masters of Engineering before entering the workforce.

In his working life Andrew currently works at Hire Society in Nedlands which allows him the flexibility to work around his training and studies. Andrew is also a Bronze Medallion instructor at North Cottesloe SLSC and umpires at local water polo matches.

Andrew’s aim is to represent Australia at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Luke Zaccaria

Luke is a Track Sprint Cyclist and has been a WAIS Scholarship holder for 8 years. Luke played various other sports such as Soccer, Football and athletics before falling in love with the speed of track cycling after getting talent searched through the TID Program where he had successes as a junior athlete winning national medals.

Luke has since dealt with several serious injuries since becoming a senior athlete but that hasn’t deterred him from striving towards his goals of making the national program and representing Australia at the highest level of sport.

Outside of his sporting life, Luke works in the construction industry but his real passion is with sport where he coaches some junior athletes and looks to stay involved in sport when his career comes to an end.

Cruz Hogan
Athletics - Javelin

Cruz is a Javelin Thrower and has been a WAIS Scholarship holder since 2012. He represented Australia in 2013 in the ‘U20 Bauhaus Junioren Gala’ in Mannheim, Germany where he placed second. He was also a member of the U17 and U19 Athletics Australia Development Squads. Although Cruz has recently suffered two major elbow surgeries within 2 years, he is striving to represent Australia for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 and Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

Cruz works at WAIS as an Altitude House Supervisor during athlete altitude camps at the HPSC. At WAIS, he also worked as a Recovery Physiologist and currently lectures the ‘Athlete Recovery’ seminar for the ‘Being a High-Performance Athlete’ (BHPA) program. He currently coaches the javelin at various high schools and is a Talent Identification Coach for Athletics Western Australia.

Cruz completed his undergraduate degree in 2015 with a double major in Sport Science and Excercise & Health, with First Class Honours in Exercise Physiology at UWA. He was awarded an Australian Post-Graduate Award Scholarship to study a PhD in Exercise Physiology from 2017.

Jaime Roberts

Jaime came to kayaking from a swimming and surf lifesaving background, including being a finalist at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships in ski events. In 2012 Jaime was the WA state ski champion which led her to take up kayaking in early 2013. The Head coach of WAIS kayaking saw Jaime paddle at WA State Kayak Championships in February 2013 and since then she has been on the fast track to great success.

In 2014 Jaime made her first senior Australian team for the World Cups in Europe and World Championships in Moscow, racing in the K4 500. In 2015 she again competed for Australia in the senior team at the World Cups in Europe where she raced in the both the K2 200m and K4 500. After a dominant domestic season Jaime has been selected to race for Australia at the 2017 World Cups and World Championships.

Jaime graduated from Curtin University with a degree in Mining Engineering. She worked for 3 years with RioTinto Iron Ore in Operations at Brockman 2. Since finishing with Rio Tinto Jaime has completed her Cert 3 & 4 Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer qualification and is currently studying for her Bachelors of Education.

Kat Downie

Kat learnt to swim in Aberdeen, Scotland. She became a competitive swimmer in 2001 at the age of 10. At her first competition on the national stage in the 2001 Australian Short Course Titles Kat broke 3 World Records. In 2012 Kat was selected to represent Australia at the Paralympics in London where she won two gold medals as a member of the 4 x 100m Freestyle and Medley Relay teams.
In 2014 Kat competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and brought home a silver medal in the 200m Individual Medley.
Kat was awarded an Order of Australia medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours for her service to sport.

Maia Simmonds

Maia began rowing at school and continued on at the UWA Boat Club after beginning university. Maia spent a number of years studying and travelling whilst participating in club rowing, before attending her first National Rowing Championships in 2011. Gaining an invitation to the Selection Regatta she was named in the Senior Australian team as a member of the lightweight women’s quad for 2011.

Maia has been a member of the Australian team for the last 5 years. During that time she has raced in the lightweight single scull, double and quadruple scull categories at World Cups and World Championships. In 2013 Maia raced to a silver medal the LW2x at World Cup 1 in Sydney. In 2014 Maia won the gold medal in the LW2x at World Cup 1 before going on to compete in the LW4x at the World Championships in Amsterdam, where the crew broke the world's best time. Alas so did the winning Dutch crew and the Aussies took home the silver medal.

Maia graduated with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science from UWA in 2012. She is currently studying for a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame.




Georgia Wilson

Georgia has been a WAIS scholarship holder since the age of 16. During those five years she has progressed from the Australian futures group into the senior Hockeyroos squad. She was also selected to compete at the Junior World Cup in 2016 but tragically tore her hamstring three weeks prior to touring. This setback provided extreme motivation however to gain selection into the national squad and after a series of intense and disciplined months of rehabilitation, she performed well at a national camp and received an AIS scholarship earlier this year.

Georgia also places a huge emphasis on her work and education pursuits and is in her final year of studying an undergraduate bachelor of science in human biology and marketing at UWA. After completion of her degree, she plans to reward herself and complete a cooking course which is another area she is passionate in. Post sporting career she also plans to study medicine and become a gynecologist.

Georgia is also extremely interested in mental health and the influence meditation has on reducing athlete anxiety and improving sporting performance.

She aims to represent Australia this year and will continue working hard to achieve her lifelong dream of competing at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. On the path to this goal Georgia was named in the Australian national squad to compete in World League Semi-Final in Belgium in July 2017.



Brad Scott

Brad is a middle distance runner who is a two time Paralympian and triple Paralympic Games Medalist. Brad competed for Australia for the first time in 2008 just two years after taking up running. In 2008 Brad competed at the Paralympics in Beijing where he won a silver medal in the Men’s 8oom T37 event. At the 2012 London Paralympic Games Brad won a further two Paralympic medals, silver in the 1500m and a bronze in the 800m. Brad has seven medals from four international competitions including the Paralympics Games.

Brad lived in Canberra on scholarship at the AIS from 2007 before relocating back to WA in 2013 to further advance his skills in the financial industry. Brad commenced a career in Mortgage Broking with Aussie while also studying Financial Planning on his return to Perth.

Brad competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, finishing 6th in the final of the T37 1500m.



Brant Garvey

Brant is a profession triathlete and a member of the Australian paratriathlon team. Brant was born a congenital above knee amputee. Prior to taking up paratriathlon Brant competed in swimming and wheelchair basketball. He was a member of the Australian National Basketball Wheelchair League and played professional basketball in Spain for two years.

In 2013 Brant completed the Busselton Ironman Triathlon and was the first above knee amputee to complete the distance in Australia. He is also the current world record holder at the Ironman distance. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 Brant was the National and Oceania Triathlon Champion.

Brant qualified to compete for Australia at triathlon’s debut entry into the Paralympics in Rio. After a brilliant start and leading the field out of the first transition Brant suffered an injury to his adductor which pushed him out of the medals but couldn't stop him completing the first triathlon event at the Paralympics.

Outside of elite sport Brant is a professional public speaker and founder of noXcuses, an apparel company for triathletes and fitness enthusiasts.


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