Between 16 and 18-years, Baden’s best gradually rose from 2.12 to 2.20m. It earned him a berth at the 2014 IAAF world juniors where he made the final. Seemingly his first experience on the international stage spurred him on as three months later, at a schoolboy meet in Melbourne, he cleared an extraordinary 2.29m. This clearance delivered him a qualifier for the 2015 IAAF world championships where as a teenager he performed well clearing 2.26m and was just one height short of a finals berth. During the 2015/16 domestic season, he managed a best of 2.24m and placed second at the nationals. He required 2.29m to qualify for Rio, a height he achieved in late June in Cairns. In Rio, he cleared 2.17m in the qualifying rounds. He won the 2017 Australian Championships with a modest 2.18m.
A strong domestic season for Baden with two 2.20m leaps and a 2.24m clearance. The defending national champion placed equal second at the Australian Championships with a height of 2.21m and was named in the Australian team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Baden is coached by Sandro Bisetto who guided Australia’s finest ever high jumper, Olympic bronze medallist and national record holder Tim Forsyth.