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Australia’s World Juniors team

Meet Australia’s team of 60 athletes, the largest ever for the World Athletics Under 20 Championships.

32 young women and 28 young men will line line up in Cali, Colombia from 1-6 August. Australia was eligible to enter up to two athletes per event, provided they had met the event qualifying standard, as well as being able to enter relay teams.

In a sign of the depth of talent, Australia has filled its full quota in 24 of the 38 individual events, with there being representatives in all individual events except for men’s and women’s shot, hammer and multi events, and the men’s javelin and walk. Relay squads have also been named in all events, except for the men’s 4x400m.

Team Statistics

  • With the interruption of the COVID pandemic and Australia not sending a team to last year’s World U20 Championships in Kenya, only three athletes in the team have prior experience competing in an Australian team overseas: Ellie Beer (4x400m, Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021; World Championships and World Relay Championships 2019) and racewalkers, Olivia Sandery and Alanna Peart (World Racewalking Team Championships in Oman earlier this year).
  • Representatives by state: Victoria (18), Queensland (17), New South Wales (16), South Australia (5), Western Australia (4).
  • 30% of the team live outside of state capital cities
  • Clubs with most representatives: UTS Norths Athletics Club (7), University of WA Athletics Club (3), University of Queensland Athletics Club (3), Athletics Essendon (3).
  • Coaches with more than one representative (2 each): Angus McEntyre, Jared Tallent, Craig Mottram, Chloe Stevens, Jayden Russ and Andrew Lulham.
  • Coaches who have won Olympic or world championship medals as athletes:
    • Glynis Nunn (Olympic gold in heptathlon 1984)
    • Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (World Indoor Championships gold in 1995, silver in 1993 in 200m; bronze in 4x400m at 1995 World Championships)
    • Craig Mottram (World Championships 5000m bronze in 2005)
    • Jared Tallent (Olympic gold in 50km walk in 2012, silver and bronze in 50km and 20km walks respectively in 2008, silver in 50km walk in 2016; World Championships silver medals in 50km walk in 2015 and 2011, bronze in 2013).
  • Youngest athlete: Delta Amidzovski (15 years, 342 days at the commencement of the Championships).
  • Twins: Jasmin Guthrie (400m) and Isabella Guthrie (400m hurdles). Both are also in the 4x400m squad.

Team Levy

Each team member has to pay a $5,500 levy to secure their place on the team.

A team Go Fund Me page raised over $9,000 for the team. It has now closed. If you would like to still support individual athletes directly, you can do so via these pages.

Meet the team

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Torrie Lewis on her way to run a wind-assisted 11.18 seconds at the Sally Pearson Shield in January. Read more: Related Article.

Torrie Lewis

100m, 200m and 4x100m

Age: 17
Coach: Gerard Keating
State: Queensland
Club: Gold Coast Victory
Personal Bests: 100m – 11.33 200m – 23.18.
Honours: Australian U20 champion 100m and 200m. Australian U16 record in 100m (11.57 in 2020). Ran a wind-assisted 11.18 seconds (+3.8) in January 2022 (Australian U18 and U20 100m records are held by Olympic silver medallist, Raelene Boyle, at 11.20 seconds).

Taylah Cruttenden in action at the Powecor Stawell Gift. Photo by Luke Hemer (courtesy of Stawell Gift)

Taylah Cruttenden

100m and 4x100m

Age: 18
Coach: Braiden Clarke
State: Western Australia
Club: West Track Club
Personal Best: 100m – 11.49.
Honours: Silver medalist at Australian U20 championships 100m. Bronze medallist in Australian Open 100m championship.

Georgia Harris

200m and 4x100m

Age: 17
Coach: Paul Pearce
State: Queensland
Club: Sheldon Academy of Sport
Personal Best: 100m – 11.65.
Honours: 4th place in 100m at Australian Under 20 Championships.

Olivia Rose Inkster

4x100m

Age: 17
Coaches: Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Katie Edwards
State: New South Wales
Club: UTS Norths Athletics Club
Personal Best: 100m – 11.70.
Honours: 5th place in Australian Under 20 100m championship. Gold medallist in Australian U18 100m.

Hayley Reynolds

4x100m

Age: 18
Coach: Andrew Lulham
State: Queensland
Club: Lockyer District Athletics Club
Personal Best: 100m – 11.58.
Honours: Bronze medallist in Australian Under 20 100m championship.

Aleksandra Stoilova

4x100m

Age: 17
Coach: Hayden Kovacic
State: New South Wales
Club: Westfields Athletics Club
Personal Best: 100m – 11.68.

Ellie Beer powered home down the straight to win the Australian Open 400m title. Photo by Fred Etter.

Ellie Beer

400m and 4x400m

Age: 19
Coach: Brett Robinson
State: Queensland
Club: Ignition Athletics Club
Personal Best: 400m – 52.53.
Honours: Australian Open 400m champion. Olympian in 4x400m at Tokyo.

Jasmin Guthrie

400m and 4x400m

Age: 18
Coach: Angus McEntyre
State: New South Wales
Club: UTS Norths Athletics Club
Personal Best: 400m – 53.73.
Honours: Australian U20 400m champion.

Txai Anglin

4x400m

Age: 17
Coach: Travis Venema
State: Queensland
Club: QUT Athletics Club
Personal Best: 400m – 54.64.
Honours: Bronze medallist in Australian U20 400m championship.

Anne Pfeiffer

4x400m

Age: 18
Coach: Lyn Foreman
State: Western Australia
Club: Uni of WA Athletics Club
Personal Best: 400m – 54.70.
Honours: 4th place in Australian U20 400m.

Claudia Hollingsworth in action at the Box Hill Burn.

Claudia Hollingsworth

800m

Age: 17
Coach: Craig Mottram
State: Victoria
Club: Mentone Athletics Club
Personal Best: 800m – 2:01.60.
Honours: Australian U18 & U20 1000m record holder (2:36.72 in 2021). Australian Open 800m silver medallist 2021 and 2022. Australian U20 1500m champion.

Hayley Kitching

800m

Age: 17
Coach: Tim Kitching
State: New South Wales
Club: Coffs Harbour Athletics Club
Personal Best: 800m – 2:03.87.
Honours: Gold medallist in Australian U20 800m.

Nicola Hogg

1500m and 3000m

Age: 18
Coach: Ben Liddy
State: New South Wales
Club: UTS Norths Athletics Club
Personal Best: 1500m – 4:15.13. 3000m – 9:29.01.
Honours: Silver medallist in 1500m and 3000m at Australian U20 Championships.

Lucinda Rourke

1500m

Age: 18
Coach: Craig Mottram
State: Victoria
Club: Williamstown Athletics Club
Personal Best: 1500m – 4:19.98.
Honours: 5th place in Australian U20 1500m.

Amy Bunnage on her way to winning the Ondieki Junior 3000m at the Zatopek:10 in January.

Amy Bunnage

3000m

Age: 17
Coach: Tim O’Shannessy
State: Victoria
Club: Mentone Athletics Club
Personal Best: 3000m – 9:06.93.
Honours: Gold medallist in Australian U20 3000m. 4th pace in Australian U20 1500m.

Laura Roderick

5000m

Age: 19
Coaches: Jordan Williams and Warren Williams
State: New South Wales
Club: Randwick Botany Harriers
Personal Best: 5000m – 16:16.11.
Honours: Gold medallist in Australian U20 5000m. 6th place in Australian U20 1500m.

Delta Amidzovski is the youngest member of the team and will be just shy of her 16th birthday when she competes at the World Under 20 Championship. Photo by Fred Etter.

Delta Amidzovski

100m hurdles

Age: 15
Coach: Roger Fabri
State: New South Wales
Club: Athletics Wollongong
Personal Best: 100m hurdles (84cm) – 13.78. 100m hurdles (76cm) – 13.51.
Honours: Gold medallist in Australian U20 100m hurdles and U17 100m hurdles.

Fox Sport 4 minute feature on Delta Amidzovski

Emelia Surch

100m hurdles and Long Jump

Age: 18
Coach: Glynis Numn
State: Queensland
Club: Ignition Athletics Club
Personal Bests: 100m hurdles – 14.00. Long Jump – 6.18m.
Honours: Bronze medallist in 100m hurdles at Australian U20 Championships. Silver medallist in Heptathlon at Australian U20 Championships.

Isabella Guthrie in action at the Australian Championships. Photo courtesy of Fred Etter.

Isabella Guthrie

400m hurdles and 4x400m

Age: 18
Coach: Angus McEntyre
State: New South Wales
Club: UTS Norths Athletics Club
Personal Best: 400m – 55.19. 400m hurdles – 58.08.
Honours: Silver medallist in Australian Open 400m hurdles. Australian U20 400m hurdles champion.

Ashley Spencer

400m hurdles

Age: 18
Coach: Remo Pollastri
State: Western Australia
Club: Uni of WA Athletics Club
Personal Best: 400m hurdles – 60.36.
Honours: Silver medallist in Australian U20 400m hurdles.

Laura McKillop

3000m steeplechase

Age: 19
Coach: Andrew Lulham
State: Queensland
Club: Redlands Athletic Club
Personal Best: 3000m steeplechase: 10:18.64.
Honours: Gold medallist in Australian U20 3000m steeplechase.

Emily Morden

3000m steeplechase

Age: 19
Coach: Phillip Molesworth
State: Victoria
Club: Athletics South West
Personal Best: 3000m steeplechase – 10:30.27
Honours: Silver medallist in Australian U20 3000m steeplechase.

Erin Shaw

High Jump

Age: 17
Coach: Jack McArdle
State: New South Wales
Club: UTS Norths Athletics Club
Personal Best: High Jump – 1.84m
Honours: Gold medallist in Australian U20 High Jump.

Toby Stolberg

High Jump

Age: 16
Coach: Theresa Stolberg
State: Queensland
Club: Ipswich & District Athletics Club
Personal Best: High Jump – 1.82m
Honours: 4th place in Australian U20 High Jump. Silver medallist in Australian U17 High Jump.

Cassidy Bradshaw in action at the Zatopek:10 meet.

Cassidy Bradshaw

Pole Vault

Age: 18
Coach: Chris Bradshaw
State: Victoria
Club: Deakin Athletics Club
Personal Best: Pole Vault – 4.15m
Honours: Gold medallist in Australian U20 Pole Vault. 6th place in Australian Open Pole Vault.

Katie Gunn

Long Jump

Age: 19
Coach: Matthew Horsnell
State: New South Wales
Club: Gosford Athletics Club
Personal Best: Long Jump – 6.21m
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 Long Jump. 6th place in Australian Open Long Jump.

Tiana Boras’s winning jump at the 2021 Melbourne Track Classic.

Tiana Boras

Triple Jump

Age: 17
Coach: Alwyn Jones
State: Victoria
Club: Athletics Chillwell
Personal Best: Triple Jump – 13.10m.
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 Triple Jump. Winner of Melbourne Track Classic in 2021.

Marley Raikiwasa

Discus

Age: 16
Coach: Steve Larsson
State: South Australia
Club: Tea Tree Gully Athletics Club
Personal Best: Discus – 52.59m
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 Discus. 5th place in Australian Open Discus. Gold medallist in Australian U18 Discus.

Laylani Va’ai

Discus

Age: 18
Coach: Michael Moore
State: Queensland
Club: Ipswich & District Athletics Club
Personal Best: Discus – 48.74m.
Honours: Silver medallist Australian U20 Discus.

Mackenzie Mielczarek in action at the Melbourne Track Classic.

Mackenzie Mielczarek

Javelin

Age: 19
Coach: Stephen Cain
State: Victoria
Club: Corio Athletics Club
Personal Best: Javelin – 54.91m
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 Javelin. 4th place in Australian Open Javelin.

Olivia Sandery representing Australia at the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships. Photo by Francois Nel for Getty Images (courtesy of World Athletics).

Olivia Sandery

10000m walk

Age: 19
Coaches: Bob Cruise and Jared Tallent
State: South Australia
Club: Pembroke Athletics Club
Personal Best: 10000m walk – 45:24.1
Honours: 5th place in World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships in Muscat. Silver medallist in team event. Gold medallist Australian U20 10000m Walk.

Alanna Peart, Olivia Sandery and Allanah Pitcher won the silver medal in the teams event at the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships in Muscat earlier this year. Photo by Francois Nel for Getty Images (courtesy of World Athletics).

Alanna Peart

10000m walk

Age: 18
Coach: Jared Tallent
State: South Australia
Club: Ballarat YCW Athletics Club
Personal Best: 10000m Walk – 48:18.9
Honours: 13th place in World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships in Muscat. Silver medallist in team event. Silver medallist Australian U20 10000m Walk.

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Jai Gordon

100m and 4x100m

Age: 18
Coach: Jaqueline Gallagher
State: Queensland
Club: Darling Downs Athletics Club
Personal Best: 100m – 10.28
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 100m. Bronze medallist Australian Open 100m.

Calab Law flanked on either side by 4x100m team mates Lachlan Kennedy and Connor Bond. Photo by Fred Etter.

Calab Law

100m, 200m and 4x100m

Age: 18
Coach: Andrew Iselin
State: Queensland
Club: Mayne Harriers Amateur Athletics Club
Personal Best: 100m – 10.36. 200m – 20.63.
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 200m. Bronze medallist Australian Open 200m. Silver medallist Australian U20 100m.

Australian junior 200m record holder Aidan Murphy celebrates as he approaches the line for victory in Australian Open 200m title. Photo by Fred Etter.

Aidan Murphy

200m and 4x100m

Age: 18
Coach: Peter Fitzgerald
State: South Australia
Club: Saints Athletics Club
Personal Best: 100m – 10.35. 200m – 20.14.
Honours: Australian U20 200m record holder. Gold medallist Australian Open 200m.

Connor Bond

4x100m

Age: 18
Coach: Mick Zisti
State: New South Wales
Club: UTS Norths Athletics Club
Personal Best: 100m – 10.46
Honours: Bronze medallist Australian U20 100m.

Lachlan Kennedy

4x100m

Age: 18
Coach: Russel Hansen
State: Queensland
Club: Uni of Queensland Athletics Club
Personal Best: 100m – 10.51
Honours: Finalist Australian U20 100m.

Ryan Tarrant

4x100m

Age: 17
Coach: Adam Larcom
State: Victoria
Club: Essendon Athletics Club
Personal Best: 100m – 10.49.
Honours: 4th place in Australian U20 100m.

Cooper Sherman

400m

Age: 18
Coach: Neville Down
State: Victoria
Club: Ballarat Harriers
Personal Best: 400m – 47.20

Brodie Hicks

Mixed 4x400m

Age: 19
Coach: Steven Gaffney
State: Victoria
Club: Essendon Athletics Club
Personal Best: 400m – 48.16
Honours: Silver medallist in Australian U20 400m.

Thomas Reynolds

Mixed 4x400m

Age: 18
Coach: Matt Oakley
State: Victoria
Club: Doncaster Athletics Club
Personal Best: 400m – 47.77
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 400m.

Luke Boyes

800m

Age: 18
Coach: Ben St Lawrence
State: New South Wales
Club: Run Crew
Personal Best: 800m – 1:50.12
Honours: Silver medallist Australian U20 800m.

Charlie Jefferson

800m

Age: 17
Coach: Penny Gillies
State: New South Wales
Club: The King’s School Athletics Club
Personal Best: 800m – 1:47.60
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 800m. Gold medallist NSW Open 800m.

Patrick Cantlon

1500m and 3000m

Age: 19
Coach: Owen Stewart
State: New South Wales
Club: Trinity Athletics Club
Personal Best: 1500m – 3:45.30. 3000m – 8:12.84.
Honours: Silver medallist Australian U20 1500m & 3000m.

Peyton Craig

1500m

Age: 17
Coach: Brendan Mallyon
State: Queensland
Club: Uni of Sunshine Coast Athletics Club
Personal Best: 1500m – 3:44.07
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 1500m.

Thomas Diamond

3000m

Age: 18
Coach: Stephen Ellinghaus
State: Victoria
Club: Box Hill Athletics Club
Personal Best: 3000m – 7:57.13
Honours: Bronze medallist Australian U20 3000m.

Archie Noakes

5000m and 3000m Steeplechase

Age: 17
Coach: Charlotte Wilson
State: Victoria
Club: Athletics Essendon
Personal Best: 5000m – 14:05.91. 3000m steeplechase – 8:57.60.
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 5000m and 3000m steeplechase. 5th place Australian U20 3000m.

Charlie Sprott

5000m

Age: 19
Coach: Jayden Russ
State: Queensland
Club: Uni of Queensland Athletics Club
Personal Best: 5000m – 14:06.17
Honours: Bronze medallist Australian U20 5000m.

Mitchell Lightfoot edges out Tayleb Willis in the 110m hurdles at the Australian Championships. Photo by Fred Etter.

Mitchell Lightfoot

110m hurdles

Age: 18
Coach: Andy Burton
State: New South Wales
Club: Maitland Athletics Club
Personal Best: 110m hurdles (99cm) – 13.51
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 110m hurdles.

Tayleb Willis after the 100m at the Victorian Championships.

Tayleb Willis

110m hurdles

Age: 19
Coach: Peter Benifer
State: Victoria
Club: Ringwood Athletics Club
Personal Best: 110m hurdles (99cm) – 13.48
Honours: Silver medallist Australian U20 110m hurdles.

Kyle Bennett

400m hurdles

Age: 18
Coach: Sharon Dale
State: Queensland
Club: Thompson Estate Eastern Suburbs Athletics Club
Personal Best: 400m hurdles – 53.07

Dominic Panozzo in action in the heats of the 400m hurdles at the Australian Championships. Photo by Fred Etter.

Dominic Panozzo

400m hurdles

Age: 18
Coach: Deb Walsham
State: New South Wales
Club: UTS Norths Athletics Club
Personal Best: 400m hurdles – 52.77
Honours: Silver medallist Australian U20 400m hurdles.

Flynn Pumpa

3000m steeplechase

Age: 18
Coach: Jayden Russ
State: Queensland
Club: Uni of Queensland Athletics Club
Personal Best: 3000m steeplechase – 9:06.68.
Honours: Silver medallist Australian U20 3000m steeplechase.

Lachlan O’Keefe

High Jump

Age: 17
Coach: Paul Cleary
State: Victoria
Club: Wendouree Athletics Club
Personal Best: High Jump – 2.15m
Honours: Silver medallist Australian U20 High Jump. Gold Medallist Australian U18 High Jump.

Liam Georgilopoulos

Pole Vault

Age: 18
Coach: Howard Arbuthnot
State: Queensland
Club: Gold Coast Victory Athletics Club
Personal Best: Pole Vault – 5.05m
Honours: Silver medallist Australian U20 Pole Vault. 8th place Australian Open Pole Vault.

James Wood

Pole Vault

Age:
Coach: Bill Georgantas
State: Victoria
Club: Keilor – St Bernard’s Athletics Club
Personal Best: Pole Vault – 5.05m
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 Pole Vault.

Blake Shaw

Long Jump

Age: 19
Coach: Chloe Stevens
State: Victoria
Club: Frankston Athletics Club
Personal Best: Long Jump – 7.55m
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 Long Jump. 8th place in Australian Open Long Jump.

Aiden Hinson competing in the Australian Open Triple Jump titles, where he won the bronze medal. Photo by Fred Etter.

Aiden Hinson

Triple Jump

Age: 18
Coach: Chloe Stevens
State: Victoria
Club: Frankston Athletics Club
Personal Best: Triple Jump – 16.16m
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 Triple Jump. Bronze medallist Australian Open Triple Jump.

Darcy Miller

Discus

Age: 18
Coach: Steve Larsson
State: South Australia
Club: Saints Athletics Club
Personal Best: Discus (1.75kg) – 58.66m
Honours: Gold medallist Australian U20 Discus. 4th place in Australian Open Discus.

Etienne Rousseau

Discus

Age: 19
Coach: Didier Poppe
State: Western Australia
Club: Uni of WA Athletics Club
Personal Best: Discus (1.75kg) – 58.29m.
Honours: Silver medallist Australian U20 Discus.

Each team member has to pay a $5,500 levy to secure their place on the team.

A team Go Fund Me page raised over $9,000 for the team. It has now closed. If you would like to still support individual athletes directly, you can do so via the pages below:

Australian Sports Foundation pages (tax deductible)

Go Fund Me pages

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