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Under 19 Talent Squad

The Athletics Australia Under 19 Talent Squad was introduced in 2007. Athletes selected into this program are recognised as having the potential to become senior international athletes.

Athletics Australia’s U19 Talent Squad is an excellent opportunity for athletes and their personal coaches to work with some of the Australia’s best coaches. Athletics Australia heavily invests in our U19 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 education, strength & conditioning and recovery to name a few. The camps also give personal coaches the opportunity to work one on one with National Junior Coaches to assist them with the planning and development of their athletes. 

Athletes and their personal coaches attend two camps at which they work closely with the NJC and a group of current Flame athletes. 

Aims of the program include:
- To set up a network of support around talented athletes to assist the transitional period from junior to senior athletics e.g. NJC, AA staff, sport science and other squad members
- To further educate, inspire and develop athletes with a view to senior international representation
- To build athletes understanding of the behaviours and commitment required to be an elite athlete


2015 u19 squad members

The 2015 Under 19 Talent Squad was for athletes born in 1997 and 1998. 

Congratulations to the following athletes and their personal coaches who completed the 2015 U19 Talent Squad program: 

Adam Garganis VIC Simon Baker 10000m Walk
Alexandra Hulley NSW Breanne Clement/Karyne Di Marco Hammer
Alysha Burnett NSW Zsuzsanna Olgay-zsabo Heptathlon
Amy Harding-Delooze NSW Ken Green  1500m
Andrea Thompson NSW Phil Alchin Long Jump
Angus Armstrong NSW Zsuzsanna Olgyay-Szabo Pole Vault
Ashlee Stieler QLD Bailey Pashley Heptathlon
Audrey Kyriacou NSW Lyn Jacenko Long Jump
Beth Croft NSW Lindsay Watson 3000m Steeple
Clara Smith QLD Dave Smith 5000m Walk
Clare Gibson WA nenad peisker High Jump
Conor Warren QLD Ben Thomas Javelin
Danielle Shaw VIC Peter Benifer 100mH
Darcy Roper QLD Luke Donatini Long Jump
Declan Carruthers SA Kym Simons Pole Vault
Emma Philippe WA Alex Parnov Pole Vault
Emmet Brasier VIC Matthew Owen 10000m Walk
Georgia Winkcup NSW John Atterton 3000m Steeple
Harrison Kimpton-Moss VIC Roy Boyd 400mH
Holly Beecham SA Kym Simons Pole Vault
Jack Hale TAS Wayne Mason 100m, 200m, Long Jump
Jemima Montag VIC Simon Baker 5000m Walk
Jessica Thornton NSW Michael Dooley 400m
Jimmy Gordon QLD Grahame Pitt Discus
Joshua Connolly QLD Gary Patterson High Jump
Kathryn Brooks VIC Stephen Cain Javelin
Kirsty Williams QLD Brett Green Discus
Kurtis Marschall SA Kym Simons Pole Vault
Lachlan Barber VIC Lisa Verstraten 800m
Louis Stenmark NSW Cathy Walsh 400m
Maddie Coates VIC Scott Rowsell 200m
Matthew Crowe NSW Andy Burton 400mH
Matthew Hosie TAS Roger Hosie Decathlon
Matthew Wood NSW Ron Bendall 110mH
Ned Weatherly VIC Demitri Dionisopoulos Hammer, Shot Put
Nina Kennedy WA Alex Parnov Pole Vault
Phillipa Hajdasz VIC Mark Stewart Pole Vault
Rohan Browning NSW Andrew Murphy 100m
Rowan Sutton QLD Ray Boyd Triple Jump
Sam Geddes NSW Michael Dooley 100m
Samantha Peace NSW Ronald Cox Discus
Sarah Billings VIC Tony Marsh 400m
Tayla-Paige Billington VIC Dave Smith 10000m Walk
Tay-Leiha Clark NSW Nicole Boegman Stewart High Jump, Triple Jump
Thomas Wilson VIC John Boas Long Jump
Trae Williams QLD Daniel Williams 100m
Zoe Hunt ACT Val Chesterton 10000m Walk


The 2016 U19 Talent Squad is for athletes born in 1998 & 1999. 

U19 Squad Selection: 
The be selected in the 2016 U19 Talent Squad, athletes need to post at least one U19 Matrix Standard in the 2015/16 season. U19 Matrix Standards are set at an average top 16 world ranking. Matrix Standards are updated each year to reflect current world rankings. 

September Camp:
Dates: 15th - 18th September 2016
Personal coaches required to attend 16th (evening) - 18th September 2016
Location: AIS, Canberra

Summer Camp:
Dates: 13th - 18th January 2017
Personal coaches required to attend 13th - 15th January 2017
Location: Melbourne 

2016 U19 Squad Matrix Standards  Athlete & Personal Coach Online Nomination 

Please note; you need to complete your nomination form within 30 minutes 




Squad photo gallery

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