Sponsored Athletes

At Sports & Spinal Albury we want every individual to get the most out of themselves, whether it be at home, in the office or on the sporting field.  As part of our clinic’s commitment to helping the community achieve their health goals, we are proud to be able to sponsor three incredibly talented athletes whom have high ambitions of one day representing Australia on the world stage.  All three individuals have already represented their state and nation in their chosen sport at junior level and we hope our partnership helps them accomplish their long term goal.

Below are short biographies for all of these athletes.  We will keep you regularly updated on their progress via this page or alternatively you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Bridget Johnston

Bridget Johnston - sponsored athletes by sports and spinal osteopathy clinic albury

Bridget Johnston is an 18 year old water polo player from Albury.  Bridget started playing in the local Ovens and Murray competition as a young specialist goal keeper – a position she absolutely loves. She has rapidly progressed through the ranks.  She has been a representative for the Ovens & Murray on numerous occasions, as well as representing both Victoria and New South Wales as well as Australia. Her dream of one day playing for the Aussie Stingers and studying at university has seen her move to Sydney, where she was an integral part of the undefeated Sydney University Lions Water Polo Club in the National Water Polo League.

Her notable achievements to date are :

  • 2011 – VIC U14 State Team
  • 2012 – O&M U14 National Champions
  • 2012  – NSW U14 State Team
  • 2012 – 1st season O&M A Grade with Sharks Water Polo Club
  • 2014 – NSW All Schools Team
  • 2014  – Named Australian All Schools Reserve Goalkeeper
  • 2014 – Australian Born 98 (B98) Team, PanPacs tour NZ
  • 2014 – U16 National Championships- Best Goalkeeper
  • 2015  – VIC Seals National League Team
  • 2015  – VIC U20s State Team
  • 2015  – Norske Skog Young Achievers Finalist
  • 2015 – O&M Canberra Cup Winners-MVP
  • 2016  – Albury Sharks NSW Country Clubs Champions-MVP
  • 2016   – VIC Seals National League Team
  • 2016   – U18 National Championships-Best Goalkeeper
  • 2016  – Aus B98 Europe Tour
  • 2016   – Aus B98 World Youth Championships NZ
  • 2017  – Sydney University National League Team-2017 Champions
  • 2017  – Selection in Australian Women’s Senior Squad- 2 week camp AIS
  • 2017  – Towards Tokyo Camp-AIS
  • 2017  – Squad selection-Aus B97 World Junior Woman’s Championships (Greece)
  • 2017  – Australian University team for World University Games (Taipei)

We will follow Bridget’s achievements and significant events with interest and wish her well in all her endeavors. We at Sports & Spinal Albury will do everything in our power to ensure her body allows her to achieve her potential greatness.

Brooke Dickie

Brooke Dickie is a 19 year old water polo player, originally from the Sharks Water Polo Club in Albury.  Brooke’s water polo career began as most do, by watching her dad play on the weekends. When she was old enough she decided to jump in and give it a go – since then she has loved every minute of it.  Her dream of playing at the highest possible level has forced her to move to Sydney, where she was an integral part of the undefeated Sydney University Lions Water Polo Club in the National Water Polo League.   She is hoping to study nursing in the future but her primary goal at the minute is to play for the Australian Stingers at the Olympics some day.  She loves playing in a team sport that has allowed her to travel to many different places in Australia and overseas.  Along the way she has been lucky enough to make great friends with people all over the world.

Her notable career achievements to date include :

  • 2017 – New South Wales Institute of Sport Scholarship Holder
  • 2017 – Selected for National Senior Squad for a camp at the AIS
  • 2017 – National League player for the University of Sydney Lions
  • 2017 – Winner of the Norske Skog Yong Achiever of the Year
  • 2016 – Selected in Australian Born 98 Fina World Championships Team in New Zealand
  • 2015 & 2016 – Toured Europe with the Australian Born ’98 Women’s water polo
  • 2015 & 2016 – Full scholarship holder at the Victorian Institute of Sport
  • 2015 – Senior Development Australian National Squad touring Japan
  • 2014 – 2016 National Water polo League played for Victorian Seals
  • 2016 – Captained 18’s Nationals Plate Winners
  • 2014 – Australian Born ’98 PANPACS in New Zealand
  • 2012 – Captained for Ovens and Murray Amateur Water polo Association and won the Gold Medal at the National Water polo for Under 14’s

We love following Brooke’s progress through the ranks of the water polo world.  We at Sports & Spinal Albury will do everything in our power to ensure her body allows her to achieve her potential greatness.

Zach Murray

Zach Murray is a 18 year old golfer from Wodonga. He started playing golf at the age of 10 at the Wodonga Golf Club and has rapidly progressed through the local ranks. He got his first taste of the top tier of golf in this region when playing MDGA scratch pennant for the Albury Golf Club at the ripe old age of 13. His talent was such that by the age of 15 the opportunity to join the prestigious Commonwealth Golf Club in the famous sand belt presented itself.

Over the last couple of years his achievements speak for themselves. In 2013 he won the Victorian Amateur Championships, in doing so he became the second youngest person in the events 113 year history. He won both the Aaron Baddeley International Australian final & World final (held in China). He was runner up in world ranking amateur event, The Dunes Medal. He was also selected as Golf Australia’s sole representative in The Junior Players Championship, which was held at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

2014 was an incredibly successful one for Zach.  He was selected as a Victorian Institute of Sport and Golf Australia Junior squad member. He represented both the Victorian Mens & Junior State Team (as captain) who won their respective Australian Interstate series. He helped Commonwealth Golf Club win the Division 1 pennant in Melbourne. He was a member of Golf Australia’s 4 person team at the Toyota World Juniors in Japan. The team finished 4th and individually Zach finished in a tie 10th. He also won the Victorian Mens Country Week Championship.  His year culminated in an appearance at the 2014 Emirates Australian Open in November, where he teed it up against some of the elite professionals including Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.

2015 has already got off to a flyer for Zach.  He started the year off with a bang by winning the Australian Master of the Amateur by two shots at the famous Royal Melbourne – West Course. This tournament is the highest ranked amateur event held in Australia.  Just one month after that success he managed to make his first ever professional cut at the Victorian Open held at 13th Beach, Barwon Heads.  He managed to finish in a tie for 50th and his bogey-free second round of 6 under 66 was one of the best scores for the week.

It’s his ultimate dream to travel the world as an elite professional, hopefully on the PGA tour.

We wish him all the best and hope we can play a role in keeping his body sound for the rigors of professional golf.

Zach Murray - Junior Golfer - Sponsored Athlete by Sports and Spinal ALbury