Harrison Tullberg aims for Olympic success

Harrison Tullberg

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Deakin law student and elite athlete Harrison Tullberg has been accepted to participate in a new sports transition program to train with Australia’s aerial skiing team, the Flying Kangaroos.

One of only two Australian men invited to the program, Harrison, 19, started his sporting career as a gymnast, then trampolinist and moved onto aerial skiing after discovering his passion for winter sports on the slopes at Mt Buller.

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Trampolinist and Deakin student Harrison Tullberg soars to new heights as aerial skier

Harrison Tullberg takes on aerial skiing

Now with the Flying Kangaroos, the Australian aerial skiing team, Harrison, from Chadstone, is one of just two Australian men to go through a new sports transition program for elite athletes.

Harrison, 18, who was last year’s Waverley Leader Senior Sports Star, recently returned from six weeks in Utah in the US, where he trained seven hours a day honing his new skills on snow.

He is now training at a water ramp facility near Lilydale where he is learning to ski on the plastic surface and practising jumps into the water.

Harrison, who is also studying law at Deakin University, had only skied once as a child but is loving the new challenge.

“I’d ski down the mountain to hear cheering from the chairlift, ‘Woo! The Flying Kangaroos are here!’,” he said.

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Harrison Tullberg trains at the water ramp facility near Lilydale. Picture: Lawrence Pind

Harrison Tullberg trains at the water ramp facility near Lilydale. Picture: Lawrence Pinder.

Harrison, who is supported by the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and the Victorian Institute of Sport, hopes to represent Australia at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

“I’m loving everything at the moment and I’ve been really lucky to have the support of sponsors and the program,” he said.

Harrison, who started as a gymnast before switching to trampolining, said he was grateful for the support of his sponsor Mr Trampoline, which enabled him to travel to the US and provided a GoPro camera to record his progress.

“Trampolining is still a low-profile sport in Australia but I urge kids to have a go,” he said.

“It’s one of the best forms of exercise you can do, without even realising it because you’re having so much fun.

“But it’s vital to get a coach, be supervised, be safe and know your ability.”

Harrison Tullberg is eligible to be a Leader Senior Sports Star nominee.

Story and images courtesy of the Herald Sun and the Leader East newspapers.

Maddie part of the Bendigo Spirit

Deakin student Maddie Garrick is set to play for the Bendigo Spirit in Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) Grand Final against Townsville this weekend.

Last Sunday Bengido Spirit held out the Sydney Uni Flames, 85-77 to gain their spot in the final. Maddie Garrick played her part in helping Bendigo to their third straight WNBL Grand Final appearance. Bendigo Spirit has won the past two years but will have to beat Townsville on their home court.Maddie Garrick - Bendigo Spirit

Maddie is undertaking a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin and balancing her sporting career.

The game will be shown on the ABC2 on Sunday 8 March at 3:00pm.

Come on Deakin let’s get behind Maddie.

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Victorians claim top honours in Distance Running 

Published UniSports – http://www.unisport.com.au – 20/11/2014.
Melbourne Marathon

Photo credit: Melbourne Marathon.

The 2014 Overall Distance Running Champion is The University of Melbourne just holding off Deakin University and Monash University by 15 and 50 points respectively.

The 2014 pennants for Australian University Championship for Distance Running have been decided, with Monash University claiming the women’s and The University of Melbourne taking home the men’s.

AUC Distance Running divisions are run as part of existing community running festivals, including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10km, Sydney Running Festival and the Medibank Melbourne Marathon.

This years championship was even more tightly contested with increased numbers of participants across the 4 event series, the race to champion came down to less than 100 points in each category.

Deakin University made significant inroads with their team almost pulling off the major upset coming in second in both the male and female championship.

Congratulations to both The University of Melbourne, Monash University and all runners, next year’s AUC – Distance Running will grow again!

Visit the AUC website for full results.