Australian long jumper Darcy Roper
Colombia is calling for 22 talented young Australians, with Athletics Australia selectors confirming the team bound for the IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015.
On course for competition against the best under-18 aged athletes from across the world, the squad features 12 boys and 10 girls selected on the basis of boasting at least two qualifying performances that rank them among the top-eight performers at recent instalments of the event.
Of those 22 athletes, 12 were automatically selected after winning gold at the recent Australian Junior Championships while 10 were added at the discretion of selectors.
A further four athletes may be added to the team pending results in the under-18 heptathlon and decathlon at the Australian Combined Events Championships this weekend.
“If athletes are able to match their qualifying performance at the championships, the team should deliver some fantastic results in the lead up to the IAAF World Junior Championships next year,” said Dion Russell, the Athletics Australia chairman of selectors.
Australia has competed at every instalment of the championships since they began in Bydgoszcz in 1999. At the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, the Australian team won four medals, three of them gold.
Athletics Australia for the IAAF
Australian team for Cali 2015
100m: Jack Hale, Jordan Shelley
200m: Hale, Brandon Herrigan
400m: Louis Stenmark
110m hurdles: Herrigan
High jump: Joshua Connolly, Brenton Foster
Long jump: Darcy Roper
Hammer: Ned Weatherly
Javelin: Cameron McEntyre, Conor Warren
10,000m race walk: Tyler Jones, Kyle Swan
3000m: Annabel McDermott, Amelia Mazza-Downie
100m hurdles: Danielle Shaw
High jump: Tay-Leiha Clark, Clare Gibson
Pole vault: Phillipa Hajdasz
Long jump: Andrea Thompson
Discus: Samantha Peace
5000m race walk: Clara Smith, Jemima Montag