Confirmation of the international charge by the next generation of Australian talent has continued today, with 19 athletes notified of their selection to compete for Australia at either the Bauhaus Junioren Gala in Mannheim (GER) or the Taiwan Open Athletics Championships in Taipei (TPE).
An annual athletics festival hosted by the German Athletics Federation, the Bauhaus Junioren Gala will welcome 13 athletes aged under 20 who have earned their opportunity to compete by achieving at least one performance at or better than the qualification standard for the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships.
The two-week tour in 2013 will for the first time take in the Australian Institute of Sport’s Elite Training Centre in Varese (ITA), before competition at the Baden-Wuttenburg Championships in Karlsruhe (GER) on June 22-23 and the Bauhaus Junioren Gala the following weekend.
Competing in sprints and hurdles events under the guidance of Ryan Purcell will be Hugh Donovan (Qld, 100m, 200m), Chloe Jamieson (NSW, 400mH), Anthony Collins (Qld, 110mH) and Abbie Taddeo. William White (Qld, javelin), Cruz Hogan (WA, javelin), Nathan Krepp (Vic, shot put), David Brock (Vic, decathlon) and Angus Gould will duel in the field and Katelyn Simpson (Qld, 1500m), Jordan Gusman (NSW, 800m), Peter Bol (WA, 800m) and Jenny Blundell (NSW, 800m) start in middle distance events under team coaches Grant Ward and Nicky Frey respectively. Leanne Smith is the team manager.
“Athletics Australia has developed a fantastic relationship with the German Athletics Federation across a number of years, and as a result we have earned an invitation to compete alongside 20 countries at their annual under 20 championship the Bauhaus Junioren Gala,” Sara Mulkearns, Athletics Australia Junior High Performance Manager, said.
“In a World Youth year, this opportunity is vital in ensuring that athletes aged under 20 have an opportunity to compete on the world stage, and with the tour in 2013 set to include two competition opportunities it will be a fantastic chance for athletes to learn and grow as international competitors.”
“I was excited to get the call to say I am going. It topped off a great domestic season that went much better than I thought it would. Last year I seemed to go backwards as the season went on and that made qualifying for World Juniors tough, so the way this year has gone is fantastic,” sprint hurdler Taddeo said.
“I’d like to think I am capable of a top-three finish over there, and if I can come home with a PB as well that would be fantastic. My technique needs a little work to make that happen, but working with my coach Penny (Gillies) in the next few months will hopefully result in quicker finishing times.”
“It’s pretty unbelievable to be in this situation, it will be such a fantastic experience to compete overseas,” Brock, who is a decathlete, said.
“This is something that I haven’t done before. Perth is the biggest time difference I have faced for my athletics so that will be something I have to deal with, as will a new language and an unseen training environment. I am hoping to learn a lot from it.”
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The Bauhaus Junioren Gala has been a proven breeding ground for Australian success, with three national under 20 records set at the event since Australia was first invited to compete in 2011.
The Taiwan Open Athletics Championships, meanwhile, will host six Australians on May 27-28 for the second consecutive year, with the athletes in this team on the cusp of future Australian Flame representation.
Specifically targeted at those aged under 21, the travelling team in 2013 is Nick Hough (NSW, 200m, 110mH), Damien Birkinhead (Vic, shot put), Brooke Stratton (Vic, long jump), Taryn Gollshewsky (Qld, discus), Rebecca Marchant (Vic, pole vault) and Ashleigh Whittaker (Vic, 100m), with Matt Rowan (team manager) and Cathy Woodruff (coach) to act as team staff.
“In a way, this opportunity for athletes aged under 21 is designed to bridge the gap between an event like World Juniors and Australian Flame representation in the next couple of years,” Mulkearns added.
“Athletes competing have been selected based on performing to a standard equal or better than the Athletics Australia Performance Matrix for those aged 20. This is a very strong group and we are excited to see how they compete in Taipei.”
“”I’m pretty pumped. It’s a great opportunity and I am travelling with athletes that I haven’t really got to know on previous teams so the chance to meet new people and develop new relationships will be great,” national under 20 record holder Birkinhead said.
“I’ve been training at the VIS the past couple of years, training hard 4-5 times a week, and thanks to the team there I can confidently say that I am the fittest I have ever been which is great. I want to break the 20-metre mark some time soon, but my goal for this year is to finish 2013 a better athlete than I was at the start of the domestic season. If I can come away with a PB and a mark that will put me in contention for pushing for Commonwealth Games next year then that will be fantastic.”
The announcement of these 19 athletes today brings the number of junior athletes competing at an international championship this year to 40, with 21 athletes selected for the IAAF World Youth Championships earlier this month.
It highlights Athletics Australia’s continued dedication to ensuring that the next breed of talent have every opportunity possible to develop and grow as athletes as they push for qualification to the 2014 Commonwealth Games and beyond.
“The size of the team we had for the World Juniors last year was simply outstanding, and we are really pleased that we have will be able to see a large contingent of athletes competing overseas once again in 2013,” Mulkearns said.
“In some ways, the numbers named don’t reflect the size of the squads that could be travelling as some have chosen to remain at home and work hard towards the next domestic season and the Commonwealth Games. We have a fantastic crop of junior athletes in this country, who are well coached, and to know that our next generation is continuing to improve is a fantastic sign of what Australia’s athletics future may hold.”
BAUHAUS JUNIOREN GALA
Event: Athlete (State, Coach)
100m: Hugh Donovan (Qld, Denise Boyd)
200m: Hugh Donovan (Qld, Denise Boyd)
800m: Jenny Blundell (NSW, James Fitzgerald), Peter Bol (WA, Bernie Catley), Jordan Gusman (NSW, Patrick Galvin)
1500m: Katelyn Simpson (Qld, Brian Chapman)
100m hurdles: Abbie Taddeo (NSW, Penny Gillies)
110m hurdles: Anthony Collins (WA, Geoff McKinnon), David Brock (Vic, Daryl Marchant)
400m hurdles: Chloe Jamieson (NSW, Matt Beckenham)
Long jump: David Brock (Vic), Angus Gould (ACT, Craig Hilliard)
High jump: David Brock (Vic)
Shot put: Nathan Krepp (Vic, Scott Martin)
Discus throw: Nathan Krepp (Vic, Scott Martin)
Javelin: Will White (Qld, Dion Collins), Cruz Hogan (WA, Grant Ward)
TAIWAN OPEN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS (UNDER 21)
Taipei City (TPE)
Event: Athlete (State, Coach)
100m: Ashleigh Whittaker (Vic, Cathy Woodruff)
200m: Nick Hough (NSW, Anthony Benn)
110m hurdles: Nick Hough (NSW, Anthony Benn)
Long jump: Brooke Stratton (Vic, Russell Stratton)
Pole vault: Rebecca Marchant (Vic, Mark Stewart)
Shot put: Damien Birkinhead (Vic, Scott Martin)
Discus throw: Taryn Gollshewsky (Qld, Les Kuorikoski)
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