2013 Summer Universiade Athletics Team named
Athletics Australia Selectors have today confirmed a team of 29 for the XXVII Summer Universiade, with our best emerging talent set to battle it out with athletes from across the world in Kazan (RUS) from July 6-17.
Boasting six national champions, and a further 13 athletes who joined them on the podium as Australian championship medallists earlier this month, the athletics section of the Australian team bound for the World University Games will join a green and gold contingent of more than 200 to compete against athletes from an expected 170 countries in 27 sports.
“The Qantas Australian Athletics Championships and Selection Trial were the basis for selection to the athletics team for the World University Games and we are very proud to be able to pick such a strong and big team,” Dion Russell, Athletics Australia Chairman of Selectors, said.
“With the exception of one athlete who had a medical exemption, all those selected competed at the Nationals and have achieved at least one qualifying standard for the World University Games. This is a fantastic result, and highlights the Selection Philosophy in 2013 that emphasises the importance of the Trial.”
“This team has a good mix of youth and talent and we hope to build on the success of the past games. If recent performances at the Australian Championships are anything to go by, we are in for an exciting Games," Martin Roberts, Chef de Mission of the Australian Uniroos, added.
One of the largest sporting events in the world, the Summer Universiade have launched the careers of anabundance of track and field stars including Shirley Strickland (100m, 800m hurdles), Ralph Doubell (800m), Alison Inverarity (high jump), Emma George (pole vault) and Kylie Wheeler (heptathlon).
At the 2011 instalment of the Games in Shenzhen (CHN), the athletics team won two medals. Clocking 1:46.36, Lachlan Renshaw (NSW) delivered gold in the 800m, while IAAF World Championships relay medallist Sean Wroe (Vic) was third over the line in the men’s 400m in 45.93.
The Summer Universiade is held every two years under the banner of the International University Sports Federation. Athletics (track and field) has been a fixture of the competition schedule since the Games began in Turin (ITA) in 1959.
XXVII Summer Universiade
July 6-17 2013
100m: Nick Hough (NSW), Tom Gamble (Qld)
200m: Nick Hough (NSW)
400m: Matt Lynch (NSW), Alex Carew (VIC)
1500m: James Kaan (NSW)
10,000m: David McNeill (Vic)
110m hurdles: Justin Merlino (NSW)
400m hurdles: Ian Dewhurst ()
3000m steeplechase: James Nipperess (NSW)
20km walk: Dane Bird-Smith (QLD)
High jump: Nick Bojic (QLD)
Triple jump: Alwyn Jones (VIC)
Javelin: Hamish Peacock (TAS)
100m: Ashleigh Whittaker (VIC), Caitlin Sargent (Qld)
200m: Anneliese Rubie (NSW)
400m: Caitlin Sargent (QLD), Anneleise Rubie (NSW)
1500m: Eliza Curnow (VIC), Brittany McGowan (QLD)
100m hurdles: Shannon McCann (WA), Brianna Beahan (WA)
20km walk: Rachel Tallent (VIC), Stephanie Stigwood (TAS)
Long jump: Jessica Penney (ACT), Linda Leverton (Qld)
Triple jump: Linda Leverton (QLD), Ellen Pettit (VIC)
Discus throw: Alix Kennedy (NSW), Kim Mulhall (VIC)
Javelin: Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT)
Heptathlon: Sophie Stanwell (NSW)