10 Jul 2018
Seven NSW athletes start World U20 Championships campaign
This afternoon the World U20 Championships commence in the Finnish city of Tampere. Seven NSW athletes will be in action at the meet which runs for six days. The championships are the pinnacle for junior athletes, with 160 countries entered to compete for international honours.
Training partners Alexander Kolesnikoff and Aiden Harvey are the shot putters on the team and will be pushing towards the 20 metres mark.
Carley Thomas is a strong chance to continue Australia’s good recent success in the women’s 800m at these championships.
It was pleased to see former world junior star, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, who in recent years moved into the coaching ranks, placing an athlete on the team. Gainsford-Taylor who competed at the 1990 world juniors, coaches relay team member Kristie Edwards.
For more information on the IAAF World Junior Championships, please follow this link to iaaf.org.
IAAF World Under 20 Championships
10-15 July 2018
NSW members of the Australian team - 2018 IAAF World Junior Championships
Event, athlete, (coach)
800m Carley Thomas (Penny Gillies)
4 x 100m relay Kristie Edwards (Melinda Gainsford-Taylor)
4 x 400m relay Carley Thomas
100m Joshua Azzopardi (Rob Marks)
800m Lachlan Raper (Ben Liddy)
Put Alexander Kolesnikoff (David Bruce/Allan Sadul), Aiden Harvey (David Bruce)
Javelin Cameron McEntyre (Angus McEntyre)
4 x 100m Relay Azzopardi
Read about the interesting composition of the team.
Download the media guide.
Timetable, articles, results here.
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Australian team (image courtesy of Athletics Australia)