Sam Defends Athele of the Year Title
Congratulations to Year 12 student Sam Rizzo, for recently being named the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport Male ‘Athletes of the Year’ for 2017/2018 at the Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club monthly presentation dinner.
Sam has claimed back-to-back titles, capping off a highly successful year with strong performances on the international and national stage throughout the past 12 months.
Sam was presented with his award by FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport patron and former Olympic and Commonwealth Games Marathon Champion athlete, Steve Moneghetti OAM.
Sam, 17, from Buninyong, represented Australia at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April earlier this year, competing in the para track T54 1500m event where he finished fourth in his heat to qualify for the final.
In the final, he produced a highly competitive and spirited performance, his first in open company at international level, which saw him finish just out of medal contention, placing sixth overall.
In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, during a qualifying event in Canberra in January, Rizzo recorded a personal best time of 3:08.35. Rizzo’s time is the Australian Under 18 record for the T54 1500m.
Well done Sam, what a fantastic achievement.
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