Athletics Australia recently announced the Under 18 and Under 20 Team for the 2019 Oceania Area Championships. 13 West Australian athletes have been selected based on their performance at the 2019 Australian Athletics Championships and will represent Australia at the Championships in Townsville from 25-28th June 2019.
At the 2019 Australian Athletics Championships, Isabella Reeves set a new Under 20 State Record and a personal best in the Under 20 Women’s 100m Hurdles, running 13.76 to take home the silver medal. Coached by Ryan Purcell, who was an outstanding sprint hurdler in his own right, Isabella returned to Sydney for the 2019 UniSport Nationals last weekend, where she won a silver medal behind Olympian Michelle Jenneke in a new State Record of 13.58.
Melany Smart had an outstanding performance in the Under 20 Women’s 5000m, claiming the gold medal in 16:14.20, she was selected to compete in the 3000m at the 2019 Oceania Area Championships. Earlier this year Melany broke the Under 20 Women’s 5000m State Record, running 16:08.30, beating the record by 46 seconds (formerly held by Clarissa Herbst). Melany is coached by Bruce Scriven, whose stable also includes Australian 1500m Record Holder Linden Hall.
Bryce Cooper has been selected to compete in the Under 18 Men’s Javelin, after he threw an impressive 59.31m, claiming the gold medal and the title of Australian Champion. Bryce is coached by father Scott Cooper.
Sean Szalek secured his spot in the team after his strong performance at the Championships, where he claimed the gold medal, jumping 2.14m in the Under 20 Men’s High Jump. Sean is coached by father Bo Szalek and returned to the arena for the Open Men’s High Jump where he placed 5th.
Sixteen-year-old Etienne Rousseau will be competing in the Under 18 Men’s Shot Put and Discus, after he claimed two silver medals at the Championships, where he threw 17.92m and 56.74m respectively. Etienne also stepped up an age group and competed in the Under 20 Men’s Shot Put and Discus, where he finished 4th and 6th respectively. Etienne is coached by both Grant Ward and Morgan Ward.
Abigail Graham, coached by father Alwyn Graham, has been selected to run in the Under 18 Women’s 2000m Steeplechase, after her strong performance at the Championships. Abigail, who still qualifies for the Under 17 age group, ran up an age group at the Australian Championships and finished second in a time of 7:04.99.
Conor Larranaga Boyle has been selected to run in the Under 18 Men’s 200m after he finished second at the 2019 Australian Athletics Championships in an impressive time of 21.79. Conor is coached by Tony Walters.
Lauren Hyde-Cooling, coached by Paul Burgess, was selected for the Under 20 Women’s Pole Vault, after Lauren jumped 3.90m to claim the silver medal at the 2019 Championships, before returning to the runway for the Open competition, where she also won silver.
Jordan Wight, coached by Nenad Peisker, was selected to compete in the Under 18 Men’s High Jump, after claiming the silver medal at the Championships, where he jumped 2.03m and set a new personal best.
Annamaria Leszczynska, coached by National Junior Hurdles Coach Lyn Foreman (OAM), was selected for the Under 20 Women’s 400m Hurdles. Annamaria holds an impressive personal best of 58.87 and finished 3rd in her heat in the Open Women’s 400m Hurdles at the recent Australian Championships.
Jason Ramsden secured his spot in the team running 15:25.29 in the Under 20 Men’s 5000m. Jason is coached by Ben Green.
Selected for the Under 20 Women’s Hammer Throw, Mikayla Horan threw 43.91m at the 2019 Australian Athletics Championships. Mikayla is coached by Lindsey Glass and holds a personal best of 48.10m.
Annie Stapleton, coached by Nenad Peisker, was selected to compete in the Under 18 Women’s High Jump, after jumping 1.55m at the Championships. At this years' state championships, Annie claimed the state champion title in the Under 18 Women's High Jump and placed second in the Open Women's category. Annie holds an impressive personal best of 1.74m
Congratulations to all WA athletes and their coaches, who have been selected to represent Australia. We wish you all the best for your training leading up to the Oceania Area Championships.
*Senior team will be announced in the next few days.