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News30 Jan 2023

Full 28-strong Australia team named for home World Cross Country Championships


Australian trial winners Stewart McSweyn, Jack Rayner, Abbey Caldwell and Rose Davies (© Steve Christo)

The 28-strong squad that will represent the host nation at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Bathurst 23 on 18 February has been announced by Athletics Australia.

Commonwealth 1500m champion Oliver Hoare and Olympic and world 1500m finalist Jessica Hull will join Olympian Stewart McSweyn and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Abbey Caldwell in the mixed 4x2km relay, a formidable quartet earmarked as the host nation’s best medal-winning chance in Bathurst.

Olympians Ellie Pashley, Isobel Batt-Doyle and Australian team debutant Holly Campbell join Australian trial top finishers Rose Davies, Leanne Pompeani and Caitlin Adams in the women’s 10km.

The men’s 10km will see Australian team debutant Rorey Hunter and Commonwealth Games representatives Andy Buchanan and Ky Robinson bolster the team already spearheaded by Australian record-holders Jack Rayner and Brett Robinson as well as Matt Ramsden.

Headlined by Australian U18 3000m record-holder Amy Bunnage, the U20 contingent of Gabrielle Schmidt, Gabrielle Vincent, Aspen Anderson, Claudia Meaker and Fieke Van Der Kamp will race over 6km.

Competing over 8km, Logan Janetzki and World U20 Championships representative Archie Noakes will lead the way for teammates Jack Coomber, Cael Mulholland, Ciaran Rushton and Bailey Habler.

“You only get a few opportunities if you are fortunate enough to represent your country on the world stage,” said Hoare.

“To be able to do it on Australian soil is a huge opportunity and I’m very excited to be coming home to compete for a world title with the best Australian middle distance runners in Abbey, Jess and Stewy. I hope we are all able to get Australia behind us as we go for the team title in Bathurst.” 

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Australian team for Bathurst

Senior women: Caitlin Adams, Isobel Batt-Doyle, Holly Campbell, Rose Davies, Ellie Pashley, Leanne Pompeani

Senior men: Andy Buchanan, Rorey Hunter, Matthew Ramsden, Jack Rayner, Brett Robinson, Ky Robinson

Mixed relay: Abbey Caldwell, Oliver Hoare, Jessica Hull, Stewart McSweyn

U20 women: Aspen Anderson, Amy Bunnage, Claudia Meaker, Gabrielle Schmidt, Fieke Van Der Kamp, Gabrielle Vincent

U20 men: Jack Coomber, Bailey Habler, Logan Janetzki, Cael Mulholland, Archie Noakes, Ciaran Rushton