Regions represented in Rio
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With 418 athletes in Brazil representing Australia and competing with the best in the world, it's no surprise that many of them come from country towns right here in NSW.
The women's rugby sevens won gold in a fierce final against Australia’s natural arch rivals, New Zealand. The standout squad included Riverina girls Alicia Quirk, from Wagga Wagga and Sharni Williams from Batlow.
The men’s rugby sevens team also has several NSW country lads with players Lewis Holland, John Porch and Patrick McCutchen hailing from Braidwood, Nundle and Narromine respectively make it to the quarter-finals before being knocked out by South Africa.
In hockey, regional NSW is holding several key spots on the field. Look for Hockeyroo players Emily Smith from Crookwell, Georgina Morgan from Armidale, Mariah Williams from Parkes and Edwina Claire-Bone from Orange.
From Bowral in the Southern Highlands comes hockey player Glen Turner, who has won bronze in the London Olympics.
Playing for Australia in soccer is Cowra born Ellie Carpenter. Ellie joins the Australian women's team as they return to Olympic competition for the first time since the Athens games in 2004.
The coastal town of Port Macquarie has two Olympians competing - swimmers James Magnusson and Shelley Watts. Magnusson has previously won medals at the London Olympics and has already received bronze for the men’s 4x100 freestyle relay in Rio.
Other competitors from the North Coast include Emma Moffatt, a triathlete who grew up in Woolgoolga and Zoe Buckman from Grafton, running for Australia in the 1500 metres.
Also competing in the athletics is Scott Westcott who grew up in Parkes, Bodi Turner from Tweed Heads is competing in BMX and Spencer Turrin from Maitland is rowing in a coxless pair.
Whether they receive gold, silver, bronze or nothing at all, it is inspiring to see these athletes compete at the highest level, giving all kids from the county inspiration to imagine themselves standing on that podium.