6 February 2015
PREVIEW: NSW Junior Championships
This weekend’s 2015 NSW junior and youth championships will showcase the state’s strong line up of talented teenagers. The events will include numerous outstanding individuals and many exciting events. It will be an opportunity for athletes to qualify for the Australian Championships, achieve world youth qualifiers, record performances to secure Commonwealth Youth Games selection and most of all become NSW State champion for 2015.
The fields include world junior representatives Costa Kousparis, Audrey Kyriacou, James Kermond, Rhys Stein, Jessica Hull, Kat Hunt, Alysha Burnett and Nicola McDermott. They will joined by Youth Olympics Games representatives Alex Hulley, Sam Geddes, Matt Rees, Nick Andrews, Grace Robinson, Rachel Pace and Tay-Leih Clark. Also another international Tyler Jones (MIN) who competed in the World Race Walking Cup.
Over the weekend athletes will be seeking selection for the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships, a number of NSW athletes have already qualified:
Annabel McDermott – 3000m (1 qualifier), Tay-Leih Clark – high jump (1 qual), Paige Wilson – high jump (1 qual), Samantha Peace – discus (5 quals), Jordan Shelley – 100m & 200m (1 qual in each), Louis Stenmark – 400m (2 qual), Johnathan Hookey – high jump (1 qual) and Tyler Jones – 10000m walk (1 qual). Other juniors teams this year are the Commonwealth Youth Games and Oceania Championships and for seniors the IPC World Championships. Read more about them and selection criteria click here then 'High Performance' then 'able bodied' or 'Para-athletics'.
Also competing will be recent NSW record breakers Alex Hulley (hammer), Annabel McDermott (3000m), Jasmine Fountas (triple jump), Abbey Rockliff (3000m) and Rohan Browning (200m, 100m record).
Some feature events are:
U15 WOMEN 100m/200m/90m Hurdles/Long Jump
The regular clash in these events between a group of the athletes produces exciting races and competitions. They are a very good group of athlete emerging and pushing each other to personal bests and records.
The order at the NSW All Schools was:
100m - Dakota Thomas, Sara Dougan, Teah MacPherson
200m - Dakota Thomas, Isabelle Lhotka, Teah MacPherson, Sara Dougan
90m hurdles - Imogen Breslin, Mia Hemsworth, Dakota Thomas
Long jump - Sara Dougan, Teah MacPherson, Dakota Thomas
U20 MEN 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles
Very strong lines ups in these events with some athletes in both.
In the high hurdles, Nick Andrews will receive competition from Paul Salem, Jack McArdle, James Ellis, Matthew Diamond and Country champion Connor Dymond.
In the long hurdles, Bryce Collins is the favourite ahead of hot competition from Matthew Crowe, Lucas Mitchell, Paul Salem and Jarrod Cullen.
U20 MEN Javelin
Brings together Youth Olympic Games representative Matt Rees and inform world junior representative Rhys Stein. In support will be Andries van Woerkom and Rigby Vane-Wood.
U20 MEN long jump
A host of seven metre jumpers, led by Victorian Henry Smith (7.68m) ahead of Brendan Maderia (7.09m) and Sebastian Acosta-Vazquez (7.00m).
U18 WOMEN 800m
Another very strong group showing great progression - twins Amy and Lily Harding-Delooze with training partner Emily Hooper, with competition from Georgia Evans and Rose Davies.
U20 MEN 800m
An amazing five sub-1:53 athletes (Mason Cohen, Cameron Griffith, Alex Seal, Zachary Lanigan & Josh Kentwell) line up here, but one of the favoured athletes is inform Taylor John.
U20 MEN 200m
Quality line up here with leading half-miler Teri Fragiadakis probably favourite ahead of NSW Country champion Christian Foster, Alex Moore and Rohan Browning who will have raced the 100m at the Canberra Track Classic the night prior. Missing is world junior representative, James Kermond who after running the 400m the night before in Canberra with contest the discus on Sunday.
The Athletics NSW website has further information including timetable, list of entries and athlete information sheet.
First event is 5.00pm Friday night and competition continues at 8.30am Saturday and 8.45am Sunday. Competition is at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, Homebush, which last year celebrated 20 years since it opened in 1994.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Amy Harding-Delooze with training partner Emily Hooper (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)