Australia Announces World Junior Championships, World University Games Rosters

After initially announcing that the country would not be sending athletes to both the World Junior Championships and World University Games due to Covid, Australia has now released their rosters for both meets. The roster announcement comes after both competitions were postponed to later dates in 2022.

The country’s announcement of rosters comes following last week’s 2021 Australian Swimming Trials. While the meet served to select Australia’s Olympic team, it also selected the roster for two other national teams for the country. Along with announcing the rosters for the two meets, Swimming Australia also created a new meet that will see the two teams go head-to-head against each other, the MLC Duel in the Pool.

Slated for August 18-21,  the meet will see will take place at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, with open water swimming being contested in Tallebudgera Creek on August 22nd.

The World Junior’s roster will be lead by swimmers such as Elizabeth Dekkers and Ella Ramsay, while the country’s World University Game’s team is headlined by Lani Pallister, who was the 2019 World Junior Championships female athlete of the meet.

The Junior team will be headed by Janelle Pallister, who was a coach for the team at the 2019 World Junior Championships. Speaking on Swimming Australia’s decision to name her as head coach of the team, Pallister said:

“I’ve been a team coach on Australian teams before, but never a head coach so it’s a completely new experience for me. I like having a challenge and this will deliver that and be a great experience. We’ve got a really good group of coaches, a good mix across ages and I think that each and every person will gain experience in their own way and be able to learn something new about working together and being part of a team, not just thinking as individuals.”

Full Junior Team Roster

  • Sydney Brown, West Illawarra, NSW
  • Hannah Casey, Marist College Ashgrove, QLD
  • Abbey Connor, Revesby Workers, NSW
  • Elizabeth Dekkers, Newmarket Racers, QLD
  • Madeleine Hardy, Trinity Grammar, NSW
  • Sophie Healy, Norwood Swimming Club, SA
  • Tiana Kritzinger, Nudgee College, QLD
  • Semra Olowoniyi, St Peters Western, QLD
  • Jamie Perkins, Cotton Tree, QLD
  • Ella Ramsay, St Peters Western, QLD
  • Taryn Roberts, Rocky City, QLD
  • Matilda Smith, Hobart Aquatic, TAS
  • Olivia Wunsch, Carlile. NSW
  • James Bayliss, Nudgee College, QLD
  • Haig Buckingam, SOPAC, NSW
  • Jesse Coleman, Bond University, QLD
  • Joshua Collett, Knox Pymble, NSW
  • Joshua Edwards-Smith, UWA-West Coast, WA
  • Alex Fahey, Rackley Swim Team, QLD
  • Maximillian Giuliani, Hobart Aquatic, TAS
  • Thomas Hauck, All Saints Gold Coast, QLD
  • William Petric, Nunawading, VIC
  • Samuel Short, Rackley Swim Team, QLD
  • Flynn Southam, Bond University, QLD
  • Edward Speller, Melbourne Vicentre, VIC
  • Joshua Staples, St Peters Western, QLD
  • Kai Taylor, St Peters Western, QLD
  • Robert Thorpe, St Peters Western, QLD

Full World University Games Roster

  • Brittany Castelluzzo, Tee Tree Gully, SA
  • Jenna Forrester, St Peters Western, QLD
  • Rebecca Jacobson, Rackley Swim Team, QLD
  • Bronte Job, Rackley Swim Team, QLD
  • Moesha Johnson, TSS, QLD
  • Tara Kinder, Melbourne Vicentre, VIC
  • Mikayla Messer, Nudgee College, QLD
  • Emilie Muir, Griffith University, QLD
  • Mia O’Leary, St Peters Western, QLD
  • Lani Pallister, Griffith University, QLD
  • Alexandria Perkins, USC Spartans, QLD
  • Mikayla Smith, Nunawading, VIC
  • Laura Taylor, TSS, QLD
  • Jessica Unicomb, Griffith University, QLD
  • Abbey Webb, Ginninderra, NSW
  • Grayson Bell, TSS, QLD
  • Daniel Cave, Melbourne Vicentre, VIC
  • Csongor Cellie, Kawana Waters, QLD
  • Shaun Champion, Abbotsleigh Swimming Club, NSW
  • Bowen Gough, Nunawading, VIC
  • Ty Hartwell, Chandler, QLD
  • Liam Hunter, Chandler, QLD
  • Benno Negri, Melbourne Vicentre, VIC
  • Kieren Pollard, North Coast, WA
  • Elliot Rogerson, Nunawading, VIC
  • Stuart Swinburn, UNSW, NSW
  • Mitchell Tinsley, Chandler, QLD
  • Louis Townsend, Rackley Swim Team, QLD
  • Kai van Kool, Griffith University, QLD
  • Joshua Yong, UWA-West Coast, WA

Full Junior Open Water Roster

  • Jessica Mouatt, Nudgee College, QLD
  • Finella Gibbs-Beal, Noosa, QLD
  • Bianca Walton, Auburn, NSW
  • Kyle Lee, North Coast, WA
  • Thomas Raymond, Nudgee College, QLD
  • Ruben Rees, Miami, QLD

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2 months ago

Dual meet is a good idea

Pacific Whirl
2 months ago

Dekkers will be 18 next year. Will she still be eligible for the junior worlds?

Last edited 2 months ago by Pacific Whirl
Reply to  Pacific Whirl
2 months ago

No. The years you turn 14-17 for women, 15-18 for men. So some of these people in the junior team will age out of juniors. Hauck is another example, who has been on the junior team since he turned 15. Of course they could not go overseas in 2020 or 2021.

Reply to  Pacific Whirl
2 months ago

Nope, but hopefully she’ll go to Comm Games and Worlds instead.

Reply to  Pacific Whirl
2 months ago

I am curious – is the 200 fly in Tokyo going to even have enough heat swimmers to fill two semi finals. I can’t see it happening. Ridiculous qualifying time. Dekkers should be going.

Reply to  Guest
2 months ago

It seems a shame swimmers cannot contest this event when it is the A Olympic qualifying time that is the barrier for many countries. It would be great to see youngsters have a hit out on the world stage but the qualifying times for all strokes are there for a reason and I am sure it is not the last we will see of Dekkers.

Reply to  Auzzie
2 months ago

No doubt we will see more of her. However what is the reason for the QT for this event when there will be but a handful of swimmers at the Olympics which will swim under that time. On current counts certainly not two full semi finals worth.

My issue is not the swimming Australia approach here. – it is the fina set time .

It was noteworthy that At The Australian trials the aust qualification time actually matched the fina QT for the 200 fly – where most if not all others were set to faster times than the fina A time. It is a curious anomaly.
The Australian qualification times were set for most races to the… Read more »

Reply to  Guest
2 months ago

Someone said it was something to do with coming 14th in Rio heats I think ?

Reply to  Joel
2 months ago

2.08.43 would check out. Thanks.

2 months ago

I think being selected for teams has a flow on effect on their funding or stipend so it’s good to be acknowledged I suppose

Reply to  Verram
2 months ago

Quite a few of them would not be getting any funding yet. But If they reach certain times at this meet, then they may.

2 months ago

Why didn’t Forrester and Cooper make the team?

Shame that world junior won’t take place this year. O’Callaghan and Short could have done a lot of damage. I think next year Short and Cooper will still be young enough?

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  AnEn
2 months ago

cooper is on the olympic team, forrester is going to wug. tbh ocallaghan swimming 2 olympic relays is enough experience for this year anyway

Last edited 2 months ago by Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  AnEn
2 months ago

Short turns 18 this year

2 months ago

You left off Jaclyn Barclay and Niamh Bedggood form the junior tram