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27 athletes selected for World Youth Team

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1 27 athletes selected for World Youth Team on Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:52 pm

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http://www.athletics.com.au/news/news/2011/march/twenty-seven_bound_for_2011_ia

Twenty-seven bound for 2011 IAAF world youth championships

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25.03.2011


Athletics Australia selectors have today confirmed an initial team of 27 for the 7th IAAF world youth championships, with 10 boys and 17 girls set to don the green and gold in Lille (FRA) when competition commences on July 6.

Boasting 15 national under 18 champions and an astounding 23 graduates of the Athletics Australia Under 17 Development Squad, the Australian team also includes national under 18 record holders Danielle McConnell (hammer throw) and Elizabeth Parnov as well as former Australian representatives Monica Brennan (200m), Elliott Lang (javelin), Jenny Blundell (800m) and Brodie Cross (pole vault).

“Announcing an Australian team is always exciting and to everyone selected, their parents and their coaches I say congratulations,” Sara Mulkearns, Athletics Australia Junior High Performance Manager said.

“We’re really thrilled to see so many of our best under 18 athletes on the team, not to mention so many that have been involved in our program and on the whole the team is strong.

“To those selected I encourage you to relish the opportunity, it is for the most part your first chance to compete on the world stage and from a development perspective that is invaluable.”

The world youth championships are held every two years under the ruling of the IAAF. In 2011, athletes born in 1994 or 1995 were eligible for selection to the event.

Since their inception in 1999 the championships have proven a breeding ground for talent, with Jana Rawlinson (Poland, 1999), Jared Tallent (Hungary, 2001), Sally Pearson (Canada, 2003), Joel Milburn (Canada, 2003) and Dani Samuels (Morocco, 2005) just some of the names to have competed at earlier editions of the meet before going on to Olympic and world championships representation.

Past Australian gold medallists at the championships have included Rawlinson (400m hurdles - 1999), Georgie Clarke (800m - 1999, 1500m - 2001), Pearson (100m hurdles - 2001), Kimberley Mickle (javelin throw - 2001) and Samuels (discus throw - 2005).

While the team will again enter July’s event with high hopes, performance under pressure will be the main focus.

“The world youths are traditionally one of the first opportunities for athletes to compete on the world stage and realistically we see the event as a stepping stone for future selection to the Australian Spark at world juniors and hopefully the Australian Flame,” Mulkearns said.

“That said, Australia has in the past performed well at the event and I am quietly confident that we will come away with performances that make us very proud.”

Selections to the Australian team for the 7th IAAF world youth championships are as follows:

Boys (10):
100m: Jarrod Geddes (NSW), Hugh Donovan (QLD)
200m: Donovan
400m: Jack Sheridan (VIC), Jarryd Buchan (VIC)
10,000m walk: Jesse Osborn (QLD), Brad Aiton (QLD)
High jump: David Snowdon (NSW)
Pole vault: Brodie Cross (VIC)
Javelin: Elliott Lang (NSW), William White (QLD)

Girls (17):
200m: Monica Brennan (VIC)
800m: Anna Laman (NSW), Jenny Blundell (NSW)
1500m: Laman, Katelyn Simpson (QLD)
400m hurdles: Chloe Jamieson (ACT), Sarah Carli (NSW)
5000m walk: Amy Burren (VIC), Jessica Pickles (QLD)
High jump: Kaitlin Morgan (TAS), Emily Crutcher (NSW)
Pole vault: Paris McCathrion (VIC), Liz Parnov (WA)
Discus throw: Filoi Aokuso (NSW), Keshia McGrath-Valou
(QLD)
Hammer throw: Danielle McConnell (TAS)
Javelin throw: Monique Cilione (VIC), Wasie Toolis (QLD)

Please note that the Australian Combined Events Championships will be held in conjunction with the Go for 2&5 Australian Athletics Tour Final in Perth next week.

Athletes that meet the selection criteria after this event will be added to the team.


7th IAAF world youth championships
Wednesday, July 6 – Sunday, July 10
Lille, France.

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2 Re: 27 athletes selected for World Youth Team on Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:09 pm

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Any of them running at Stawell?

3 Development of SA athletes on Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:05 am

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Just looking at where the athletes have come from and noted that there isnt anyone from sa..

Do we have an issue with developing quality athletes in sa? no depth?? or just no one being selected?

4 Re: 27 athletes selected for World Youth Team on Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:54 pm

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It's been a poor year in SA for juniors. Athlete numbers are down considerably on previous years. Every club has taken a hit in its numbers, except perhaps for Saints.

There is a feeling things will pick up now the track is up and running. BUT like a few others, I'm not so sure - a lot of hard work is required to return to the numbers (and the depth & quality) we previously had.



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5 Agreement with Admin on Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:02 pm

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Yer i definately agree, With a new track in a central location. Theres plenty of quick enough kids around the place that end up in footy or something like that. Its a bit of a shame and it would be good to see some pro active projects to hunt out these kids / talents and spend the time with them to boost the sport. I understand the track being closed hasnt helped. But on the other hand State champs were on the weekend and yet i bet you that 1% of adelaide knew about it. How does that generate interest?? Not having a go at anyone either, just would be great to see the sport and the competition thriving and hungry

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