Twenty-five of the nation’s most promising young athletes have been named in the Australian team to compete at the 6th world youth championships in Bressanone, Italy, in July.
Athletics Australia High Performance Manager Eric Hollingsworth said the world youth event was an important step for young athletes in their transition to the senior ranks. “The team’s a good team, it’s not one of our bigger squads but they’re all of a really good standard,” Hollingsworth said.
“The athletes have all done a couple of qualifiers which means they’re consistent performers and that’s very important at that age. More importantly, they’re athletes that we hope can go on along the pathway to become senior athletes.” Hollingsworth said the quality of the world youth team was further testament to the current strength of athletics talent in Australia.
“Right across the board from the world championships to world uni and now with the world youth teams, I think we might just be going through a little purple patch in terms of what we’re doing,” he said.
Selections to the Australian team for the 6th world youth championships in Bressanone, Italy, are as follows:
400m: Alex Beck (QLD)
800m: Alexander Rowe (VIC), Jordan Williamsz (VIC)
1500m: James Connor (NSW), Kane Grimster (VIC)
3000m: Joshua Johnson (NSW)
110m hurdles: Cameron Hyde (NSW), Mitchell Tysoe (NSW)
10,000m walk: Dane Bird-Smith (QLD), Sean Fitzsimons (WA)
High jump: Kent Adams* (WA), Andrew Neville (NSW)
Long jump: Kurt Jenner (NSW)
Shot put: Damien Birkenhead (VIC)
Discus throw: Ben Talakai (NSW)
Hammer throw: Huw Peacock (TAS)
Javelin throw: Luanga Andria (QLD)
* Awaiting Australian citizenship
800m – Bronte Gange (VIC)
5000m walk – Paige Hooper (SA), Shannon Jennings (NSW)
High jump – Amy Pejkovic (NSW), Denise Snyder (VIC)
Long jump – Brooke Stratton (VIC)
Discus throw – Taryn Gollshewsky (QLD), Alix Kennedy (NSW)
Courtesy of Athletics Australia. For full article click here.