As a result of their outstanding season, five of Australia’s most talented athletes, including the only female Jana Rawlinson has been chosen for nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee for selection into the Australian team for the 2008 Olympic Games.
The nominations have been made under the terms of the ‘early nomination’ clause in Athletics Australia's Olympic nomination policy.
With stellar gold medal winning performances at the World Championships held in Osaka in August, 25 year-old Rawlinson (400m hurdles), is automatically entitled to nomination to the AOC on July 4, 2008, the date on which Athletics Australia will submit its list of athletes to the AOC for selection in the Olympic team.
In order for athletes who have been identified for early nomination to be nominated to the AOC for selection in the Olympic Team on July 4, 2008, they are required to meet all of the ongoing obligations set out in Athletics Australia’s nomination policy.
Requirements include participation in Athletics Australia’s domestic season events, including the Athletics Grand Prix in Sydney and the World Athletics Tour meeting in Melbourne, along with the National Championships in Brisbane.
"The obligations are designed to give Athletics Australia the comfort of knowing that if athletes identified for early nomination do not maintain their fitness and form prior to the Olympics, they will not be nominated to the AOC," continued Fitzgerald.The Athletics Australia selection trials will be held in conjunction with the 86th Australian Athletics Championships from February 28 to March 1 at QSAC in Nathan, Brisbane