Australia’s best developing young athletes will have the opportunity to further gain valuable international experience, with 23 athletes selected to represent Australia at the 24th World University Games to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from the 8-18 August 2007.
The team is led by Dani Samuels (shot and discus), who has already been selected to compete in the IAAF World Championships in Osaka which will commence the week after the World University Games.
The team includes Female national champions - Lauren Boden (400m H), Melanie Kleeberg (200m), Ellen Pettit (high jump), Dani Samuels (shot and discus),
Additionally, rapidly improving 800m runner Madeleine Pape, who collected a silver medal at the Telstra Australian Championships, will also gauge her improvement against international opposition.
The 24th World University Games are being held in Thailand as one of the principal events to commemorate the eightieth birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Athletics will be held from the 9th -14th August.
The World University Summer Games (WUSG) is held every two years under the banner of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The WUSG comprises competition in 10 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports determined by the host. These events are staged in various cities throughout the world. The compulsory sports contested are Athletics, Basketball, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics - artistic and rhythmic, Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Tennis, Volleyball. The optional sports contested are Golf, Softball, Badminton, Shooting and Tae Kwon Do.
Australian University Sport selects teams to represent Australia in the World University Summer Games in consultation with the relevant National Sporting Organisations. Around 130 Australian athletes will participate in Thailand. It is expected that more then 180 nations will participate, and with more 10,000 athletes and officials the completion is the largest multi-sport competition in the world in 2007.
Australia has a strong record of success at the World University Games, which in terms of quality of performance is higher than the Commonwealth Games, with Victoria Mitchell winning a silver medal in the steeple chase at the last edition in 2005
Australian gold medalists include Ralph Doubell (800m – 1967), Shaun Creighton (3000m steeple – 1991), Alison Inverarity (high jump – 1991), Jane Jamieson (heptathlon – 1995 and 2001), Emma George (pole vault -1997), Eloise Poppett (5000m – 2003), and Kylie Wheeler (heptathlon – 2003).
AUSTRALIAN ATHLETICS TEAM
WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
BANGKOK, THAILAND - 8-18 AUGUST 2007
100m Preya Carey (NSW), Melanie Kleeberg (QLD)
400m Jaimee-Lee Starr (NSW)
800m Madeline Pape (VIC)
400m H Lauren Boden (ACT)
Pole Vault Charmaine Lucock (QLD), Jacinta Lynn (VIC)
Long Jump Boden, Jacinta Boyd (QLD)
High Jump Ellen Pettitt (WA)
Shot Put Dani Samuels (NSW)
20km Walk Claire Woods (SA)
Athletics Australia can submit additional selections to Australian University Sport by 30 June from those athletes who reach the qualifying standards.
For further information or to arrange athlete interviews, please contact Athletics Australia Media:
David Culbert – 0417 272 641 or email@example.com
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