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1 AA name 30 athletes in World Uni Games team on Fri May 20, 2011 10:37 am



Summer Universiade calling for 30 emerging Australians

AA Website

Australia’s best emerging athletes will have the opportunity to gain valuable international experience at the 26th Summer Universiade (World University Games) later this year, with an initial team of 30 selected to compete in Shenzhen (CHN) from August 11 – 23, 2011.

Boasting four national champions, five Australian Flame and four athletes selected to compete at the IAAF world championships in Daegu (KOR), the Australian athletics team bound for the ‘Universiade’ will join an Australian team of over 230 to compete against over 8000 athletes from around the world across 24 sports.

One of the largest sporting events in the world, the World University Games have launched the careers of a bounty of track and field stars including Shirley Strickland (100m, 80m hurdles), Ralph Doubell (800m), Alison Inverarity (high jump), Emma George (pole vault) and Kylie Wheeler (heptathlon).

At the 2009 instalment of the Games in Belgrade (SER), the Australian athletics team won six medals, with Kaila McKnight the women’s 1500m silver medallist and Madeleine Pape (800m), Dani Samuels (discus throw), Tristan Thomas (400mH), Sean Wroe (400m) and the men’s 4x400m relay team all crowned world university champions.

The Summer Universiade is held every two years under the banner of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Athletics (track and field) has been a fixture of the competition schedule since the Games began in Turin (ITA) in 1959.

26th Summer Universiade
Shenzhen (CHN)
August 11 – 23 2011
(Athletics: August 16 – 21)

MEN (15):
100m: Patrick Fakiye (NSW)
400m: Sean Wroe (VIC), Kevin Moore (NSW)
800m: James Kaan (NSW), Lachlan Renshaw (NSW)
1500m: Brenton Rowe (VIC), James Nipperess (NSW)
High jump: Josh Hall (QLD)
Long jump: Henry Frayne (QLD)
Triple jump: Frayne, Kane Brigg (QLD)
Shot put: Dale Stevenson (VIC)
4x400m relay: Wroe, Moore, David Burke (NSW)
20km walk: Ian Rayson (ACT), Brendon Reading (ACT)
Decathlon: Stephen Cain (VIC)

WOMEN (15):
400m: Caitlin Sargent (QLD), Anneleise Rubie (NSW)
800m: Kelly Hetherington (VIC), Sianne Toemoe (NSW)
1500m: Zoe Buckman (ACT), Bridey Delaney (NSW)
10,000m: Lara Tamsett (NSW)
100m hurdles: Shannon McCann (WA)
400m hurdles: Lauren Boden (ACT)
Pole vault: Charmaine Lucock (QLD)
Discus throw: Kim Mulhall (VIC)
Javelin throw: Laura Cornford (NSW)
Half marathon: Clare Geraghty (QLD)
20km walk: Nicole Fagan (NSW), Beki Lee (ACT)



Rowe leads Victorian charge at Uni Games
By Nick Wade
Geelong Advertiser
May 20th, 2011

IN-FORM Geelong runner Brenton Rowe is one of six Victorian track and field athletes selected in the Australian team for the upcoming World University Games.

Rowe, of Deakin Athletics Club, will make his national team debut after being rewarded for his outstanding performances over recent 1500m events.

The 23-year-old claimed bronze in the 1500m at this year's Australian Athletics Championships at Olympic Park behind Olympian Jeff Riseley.

The university games, also known as the Summer Universiade, are a biennial event run by the International University Sports Federation.

Commonwealth Games medallists Sean Wroe (400m) and Dale Stevenson (shotput) headline Australian's 30-strong track and field contingent that also includes five national champions.

Six of Australia's 30 track and field athletes are from Victoria.

Australia will send a team of 230 competitors to the games.

Close to 8000 athletes will compete from across the globe, competing over 24 sports.

The games will be held in Shenzhen, China, from August 11-23.

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