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IMPORTANT UPDATE - 2018 Youth Olympic Games

The 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be held in Buenos Aires. ARG from 6-18 October 2018. 

For more information on this Championship, please follow this link to the Youth Olympic Games official site for the event.

The below athletes have been selected to compete at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.


Event                                          Name (state, coach)

800m                                         Keely Small (A, Philo Saunders)
1500m*                                     Jaylah Hancock-Cameron (N, Andae Kalemusic)
2000m Steeplechase*               Jamie Hiscock (Q, Ben Norton)
100 Hurdles                              Sophie White (W, Lyn Foreman)
High Jump                                Elizabeth Moss (Q, Eric Brown)
Discus Throw                           Sally Shokry (N, Denis Knowles)
Hammer Throw                        Rochelle Vidler (Q, Michael Moore) 

MALE (6)

400m                                         Keegan Bell (N, Mike Hurst)
800m                                         Anthony Vlatko (N, Ken Green)
1500m*                                     Luke Young (N, Jason Maxwell)
400m Hurdles                           Thomas Throssell (W, Lyn Foreman)
High Jump                                Oscar Miers (Q, Gary Bourne)
Long Jump                                Joshua Cowley (Q, Stacey Taurima)

*The 1500, 3000 & 2000SC events will consist of two stages. Athletes will compete in their track event as well as a cross country event (4-6km).


Athletics Australia advises that it will make an important amendment to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Nomination Criteria. The amended Nomination Criteria is currently with the AOC for approval, we expect to have this approved and published on this page of the AA website next week.

The nomination and selection process now includes an additional step which we wish to draw your attention to. As the Area Association of the IAAF, Oceania Athletics determines the location of the qualifying event for YOG. Oceania Athletics have determined that the Melanesian Championships, to be held in Port Villa, Vanuatu from 9-11 May 2018, will be the relevant qualifying event. This means that athletes seeking selection in the YOG team will be required to compete at both the Australian Junior Championships (Sydney, 14-19 March) and the Melanesian Championships. In addition, 

athletes are required to win the Melanesian Championships to be eligible for YOG nomination. Both the Australian Junior Championships and Melanesian Championships are self-funded events.

The above document provides a summary of the requirements to be considered for selection and should be read in conjunction with the YOG Nomination Criteria (available next week). It is important that athletes, coaches and parents seeking selection review the revised Nomination Criteria to ensure that they understand and meet the requirements to be considered for nomination. Should you have any further questions, please contact Sara Heasly (, AA Junior High Performance Manager.

Athletics Australia will also be conducting an information session at the Australian Junior Championships for athletes, parents and coaches in relation to YOG and the IAAF World U20 Championships. Further details on this session will be available on the AA website in the near future.

Athletics Australia has today published the Selection Policy for the Melanesian Regional Championships. This is an Athletics Australia Team, administered by Queensland Athletics.  More information, including the Selection Policy & a link to the Online Nomination portal can be found on the AA website: & the Queensland Athletics website:

Tour dates


29 September 2018 – Champ Camp commences in Sydney


2 October 2018 – Australian Team fly to Buenos Aires
5 October 2018 - Welcome Session at the Youth Olympic Village
6 October 2018 - Opening Ceremony
18 October 2018 - Closing Ceremony
19 October 2018 – Australian Team fly home from Buenos Aires


– What are the dates of the Games?

The Opening Ceremony will take place on 6 October 2018 and the Closing Ceremony will be held 18 October 2018.

– Is Buenos Aires a safe place? 

Currently the AOC is taking advice from the Australian Government who rate Argentina as the safest in its four-tier rating system (Exercise normal safety precautions). However, the AOC is also aware that crime specific to Buenos Aires (robberies and petty crime) are common and the safety of our delegation is our top priority. Consequently, the AOC will look to engage security experts to provide advice to the Team.

– What is the time difference in Buenos Aires? 

Buenos Aires is currently -14 hrs based on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

– What expenses are the selected athletes and officials expected to cover in their inclusion to the Team? 

No member of the Australian Olympic Youth Team will be required to pay any costs besides their own personal spending money. The
following will be provided by the AOC:
Team uniform;
Flights to and from Buenos Aires (including domestics flights to attend the Champ Camp in Sydney);
Games time accommodation;
Travel insurance (detail on the cover will be provided once it has been confirmed);
Support services (administration, medical, security, high performance).

– How many nations will be competing at the Games? 

It is expected that approximately 200 nations will be competing at the Games.

– Will the AOC provide support for athlete’s family and friends? 

The AOC will not be providing direct support to athlete family and friends in respect to sourcing and booking accommodation, arranging tickets (the events are free to watch), or arranging air travel. However, we will provide helpful updates to FAFs when information is given to us by the Organising Committee and we will use these updates to keep you regularly informed of progress.

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