Launched in 2006 this squad consists of athletes in each discipline selected
by the National Junior Coaches (NJC) based on performance and potential.
Athletes are selected by the National Junior Coaches based on
performances in competition and potential. The squad meets for one camp each
year with the athletes’ personal coach invited to a concurrent coach education
Aims of the program:
- To identify and bring together talented athletes for the purpose of
educating them in sport science practices and for coaching assistance from the
- For talented athletes to find enjoyment in the U17 program and to aspire to
continue on to the next level e.g. World Youths, U19 program, World Juniors
- To create a network of contacts to support athletes and coaches of the
future (e.g. AA staff, NJC, sport science)
- To increase the athlete’s knowledge in order to promote behaviours that
enhance elite level performance
Athletics Australia’s U17 Development Squad is an excellent opportunity athletes their personal coaches to work with some of the Australia’s best coaches in an intensive camp held at the Australian Institute of Sport. Athletics Australia invests in our U17 athletes and coaches by providing this development opportunity which includes training and education sessions in a variety of different areas. These include; psychology, injury prevention and management, nutrition, high performance life skills, supplements & ASADA, strength & conditioning and recovery to name a few.