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Arm wrestling
Dan Kadlec, Canada, world championships participant


Australian Rules football
Alex Hickey, Geelong Falcons junior team
Sam McLarty, draftee, Collingwood, played for Oakleigh Chargers


Auto racing:
Fahad Al Abdullatif – Nissan rally driver, Saudi Arabia
Ricky Beebe – micro car racer, Illinois
Jesse Brown – sprint car racer, California
Mark Coleman, sprint car racer, Ohio
Omer Dungca, Philippines, offroad auto racer
Jordan Fisher, auto racer, Minnesota
J.R. Fitzpatrick, auto racer, Canada
Greg Gunderson, sprint car racer, South Dakota
Lucas Hanning, micro car racer, Illinois
Chris Kennedy, sprint car races, Pennsylvania
Kris Martin, Burlington, Ontario, auto racer
Jeff Morrison, dirt modified racer, Illinois
James Volk, pro bus racing driver, Brandenton, Florida
Brett Wanner, pro micro-midget car racing, Pennsylvania


Baseball, Pro:
Kevin Grendell, baseball, Los Angeles Angels farm system
Yuya Ishii, Japan, pro baseball



Basketball, men’s:
Lachlan Jackson, pro basketball, Australia
Michael Lizarraga, pro basketball, Mexico
Kushiah King, U-19 team, Trinidad & Tobago


Basketball, women’s:
Emma Meesseman, Washington Mystics
Demi Skinner, Australia national women’s U-20 basketball team

Ivan Kanyesigye, Uganda
Joe Swail, pro billiards, Northern Ireland
Shane Van Boening, pro billiards, South Dakota


Boat Racing:
Gavin Reid, Australia, member of crew in the Sydney to Hobart race


Body Builder:
Katie Jean


women’s boxing
Mfongwots arrived in Australia in 2009, fleeing violence in Cameroon where Stephanie


men’s boxing
Deaf boxer Raymond Merrill on his upcoming professional debut
Norbert Kalucza, Hungary, pro


Bowling, professional
Frank Gallo


Chess, grandmaster
Cerdas Barus, Indonesia
Yehuda Gruenfeld, International Chess grandmaster, Israel


Curling, women’s
Holly Jamieson, national Canadian women’s curling team


Tom Smith, pro cyclist, UK, LUMET-VDBG Steenhouwerij Cycling Team


Equestrian riding:
Jamie Barge, female, California


Zhao Hui, Singapore’s No. 1 fencer


Field hockey, men’s
Abdul Samad, elite team, India, goalie


Fighting, all types:
Adam Evans, England, MMA fighter
Jeff Courtney, Texas, MMA fighter
Ashley McKenzie, British men’s judo
Goshu Riki, Japan, professional kick boxer
Sunny Sabornido, MMA fighter, Malaysia
Lee Sandmeier, Iowa, Ultimate Fighter
Garrett Scott, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Texas
Sunny Sabornido, Malaysia, mixed arts
Tracy Willis, mixed martial arts fighter, Oklahoma


Fighting, women’s:
Aubree Thompson, women’s Ultimate Fighter, Utah

Tee Shepard, Arizona Rattlers, indoor football
Derrick Coleman, Atlanta Falcons


Golf, pro:
Kevin Hall, USA
Sung Yee, South Kora, Asian Pro Tour
Kaylin Yost, women’s pro golfer

Golf national:
Diksha Dagar, India, U-18 globally ranked female golfer


Hockey, men’s:
MacKenzie Stewart, draftee, Vancouver Canucks, NHL
Peter Gintoli, The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, minor league hockey team


Hockey, women’s:
Meghan Agosta, National Canadian women’s hockey team
Josefine Jakobsen, Denmark National Women’s Hockey Team
Kirsten Miller, National Canadian womens’ hockey team


Rick Macomber, standardbred driver, midwest tracks

Anthony Allen, Australia


Kennedy Flavin, USA national U-17 lacrosse team
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons, pro lacrosse


Martial Arts:
Safarri Jessop, USA, female champion, Hosinsul Weapon, which involves self-defense with swords


Motocross racing:
Josh Waterman, motocross champion, United Kingdom
Johan Verstraete, European paddling champion
Vesna Radonich, Australian paddling champion


Clint Thomas, rodeo, Georgia


Rugby, pro (both Rugby Union & Rugby League)
Pete Altham, Fylde rugby club, UK
Jake O’Leary, Henley Hawks, UK
Matt Cook, Albury-Wodonga Steamers, Australian rugby minor league
Ollie Evans, Wales, pro rugby
Daniel Forbes, rugby, Raymond Terrace Magpies Rugby League Club, minor league level
Mat Gilbert, Wales, pro rugby – Mogliano (Italy)
Morgan Mitchell, pro rugby, New Zealand
Ryan Owen, Bedford Blues, top level professional rugby team (UK)
David Stagg, a rugby player with Brisbane Broncos, Australia


Rugby, women’s
Jodie Ounsley, British national women’s rugby
Halemehi Tuilomania, Fiji national women’s team & pro team
Skateboarder, professional
Brandon White, USA


Elena Yakovishina, skiing, Russia


Soccer, pro:
Daniel Ailey, Thamesmead Town, UK
Stefan Markolf, pro soccer, Germany
Simon Ollert, youth pro soccer, Bundesliga, Germany
Michael Schmid – Cleveland Freeze, Professional Arena Soccer League


Maclaine Lowe, U-21 softball men’s national team, Australia


Tennis, high level:
Lee Duck-hee, Korea, pro tennis player
Yannick Hanfmann, Germany, pro tennis player


Melinda Vernon, pro triathlon, Australia


Taniela Seninawanawa, national Fiji men’s team
David Smith, USA & pro volleyball


Water Polo:
Jamie-Lee Lewis; Australian national womens water polo team candidate


Alexandros Papadatos, Greece, national wrestling champion
Virender Singh, India, Olympic-elite


Andy Owens, UK, national champion, two-wood bowls




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