Anna is a clay target shooter from Australia. In addition to clay-target-shooting, Anna is also an accountant, which means she keeps busy! Although she was born in Russia and came to Australia at age 9, Anna says, “There’s nothing I would love more than to represent Australia at the Olympic Games.” Anna won a national title last year, which is a great accomplishment. We wish her luck in her future competitions!
Andrew Mewing, whose nickname is Mewso, is a 26 year old freestyle swimmer from Brisbane, Australia. He specializes in the 100 & 200m freestyle event. He narrowly missed out on Athens, and was controversially omitted for the 2008 Olympic Games at Beijing despite finishing in 8th place. Swimming Australia criteria states that up to eighth place in the 100m or 200m finals will be considered for selection.
He has a range of several impressive accomplishments ranging from a silver and two bronze medals in free relays from two FINA World Championships, a bronze in 4x200m free at 2006 Commonwealth Games and three silver medals from two FINA World Short Course Championships.
Mirinda is a triathlete from Brisbane, Australia. Her sports hero is Michael Jordon. Mirinda started in sports at an early age, trying out basketball and other school sports. In 1991, she began the triathlon. Even though she did not have a background in swimming, running, or biking, she experienced success in 2001 when she made the Australian Junior Elite Team and competed in the Triathlon World Championships. Mirinda has represented Australia at the TWC in 2002, ’03, and ’04, earning two silver medals. Mirinda told us, “I am happy to be able to play a small part in this great initiative.”
Wade is a star lacrosse player for Eltham’s Division 1 team in Australia.
Marayke is a Paralympic, medal-winning swimmer who has represented Australia at two Paralympic Games. She is selected to be on the Australian team for the Beijing Paralympic Games. After a brutal car accident, she was taught how to swim. During her 14-year swimming career, Marayke has broken 70 Australian records, and is a former world record holder in the 100m butterfly for her s5 classification. Marayke has two university degrees in Communications (journalism) and social science. She works as a motivational speaker and freelance writer. In 2008 she founded ‘Sporting Dreams’ a charitable fund assisting athletes with disabilities to become involved in sport and develop into elite athletes.