02 APR 2011 General News Auckland, New Zealand

Gill to lead New Zealand squad for Lille - IAAF World Youth Championships



New Zealand's Jacko Gill surprises in the shot with a world age-15 best, a national junior record, and a gold medal (Getty Images)New Zealand's Jacko Gill surprises in the shot with a world age-15 best, a national junior record, and a gold medal (Getty Images) © Copyright
Reigning World junior Shot Put champion Jackson 'Jacko' Gill will lead a New Zealand squad of ten at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France, 6-10 July.

Gill, who holds the World Youth Best of 23.86m with the 5kg shot, also captured silver at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games last August, one month after his World junior triumph in Moncton, Canada.

Team roster:
??Girls -
?Margot Gibson  (Canterbury) 1500 metres?
Keeley O'Hagan   (Auckland) High Jump?
Melissa-Maree Farrington (Overseas) 100 metres hurdles, Heptathlon?
Siositina Hakeai  (Auckland) Shot put, Discus
?Merewarihi Vaka  (Auckland) Shot put, Discus??

Boys -?
Joshua Hawkins  (Auckland) 200 metres, 110 metres hurdles?
Brendon Barnett  (Tasman)  long jump?
Jackson Gill  (Auckland) Shot Put
?Nicholas Southgate  (Auckland) Pole Vault?
Pascal Kethers  (Auckland) Pole Vault??

The policy allows later nominations and the selectors may add other athletes following the upcoming North and South Island Secondary Schools Championships.

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