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Australian Youth Team leaves for Commonwealth Youth Games

Australian Youth Team leaves for Commonwealth Youth Games
8 August 2000 - The 31-strong Australian youth athletics team will depart today for the inaugural Millennium Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 10-14 August.

The youth team (under-18) coached by Lyn Foreman from the WA Institute of Sport and managed by experienced ACT official Marg Koenen will join more than 60 athletes from seven other sports in the Australian team. The athletics team will compete against 7 other Commonwealth countries across 36 events at these Games.

The athletics program will be held in the 1986 Commonwealth Games athletics stadium (Meadowbank Stadium) on Friday 11 August and Sunday 13 August. The Australian athletics team is headed by 2000 Stawell Gift winner Jarrem Pearce from Wodonga, Victoria. Sixteen-year-old Pearce became the youngest winner of the 115-year-old Stawell Gift in April.

Bendigo's Tim Driesen who was awarded best performance at last year's Australian All Schools Championships is set to compete in the discus and hammer throw.

Australian under-18 champions in the team include Lisa Corrigan (NSW), Kiara McDonald (Vic), Katie Nicholson (Tas), Rebekah Williams (WA), Gabrielle Neighbour (Vic), Belinda Johnson (NSW), Jarrem Pearce (Vic), Ryan Purcell (WA), Elliott Wood (NSW), Scott Burriss (NSW), Erik Surjan (WA), Greg Holmes (QLD) and Tim Driesen (Vic). many of these youngsters can be expected to compete in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Santiago in October.

The full athletics team is:

100 metres - Prue Robertson (NSW); Kate Pedley (Tas)
200 metres - Kylie Bent (WA); Brooke Wood (WA)
400 metres - Katherine Hancock (WA); Jessica Montague (NSW)
800 metres - Lisa Corrigan (NSW)
1500 metres - Shannon Hill (NSW)
100m Hurdles - Kiara McDonald (Vic)
400m Hurdles - Katie Nicholson (Tas)
High Jump - Rebekah Williams (WA)
Long Jump - Sarah Dosen (Vic)
Triple Jump - Rebekah Williams
Shot Put - Belinda Johnson (NSW)
Discus - Samantha Fraser (Qld)
Hammer - Gabrielle Neighbour (Vic)
4x100m - Bent; Dosen; McDonald; Pedley; Robertson; Wood
4x400m - Corrigan; Hancock; Montague; Nicholson; Wood

100 metres - Jarrem Pearce (Vic); Scott Wells (Tas)
200 metres - Jarrem Pearce; Henari Veratau (NSW)
400 metres - Fraser Trevaskis (Vic); Stephen Landers (Vic)
800 metres - Andrew Krumins (Vic)
1500 metres - Mitchell Kealey (QLD)
100m Hurdles - Ryan Purcell (WA)
400m Hurdles - Elliott Wood (NSW)
High Jump - James Watson (NSW)
Long Jump - Erik Surjan (WA)
Triple Jump - Patrick Coleman (Tas)
Shot Put - Gregory Holmes (Qld)
Discus - Tim Driesen (Vic)
Hammer - Tim Driesen
Travelling Reserve - Scott Burriss (NSW)
4x100m - Pearce; Purcell; Surjan; Veratau; Wells
4x400m - Burriss; Landers; Trevaskis; Wood