The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games kick-off on July 18th in Nassau, Bahamas, where almost 1000 young athletes will be competing across 5 sports. The disciplines of aquatics, athletics, boxing, cycling and judo will all be contested over the course of the 6-day international competition, used as a stepping stone for young athletes aged between 15 and 18 on their journeys to possible senior competitions as their careers progress.
7 girls and 7 boys comprise the 14-member Australian squad set to compete in Nassau. Says Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips, “CGA is pleased to be able you give each of these talented young Australians the opportunity to take this important step along the pathway of their athletic careers. We are confident they will compete with great distinction and will make their families, their sports and Australia very proud.”
Former Australian Paralympian Matthew Cowdrey, who has been in the Commonwealth Youth Games Team General Manager role since 2015 says, “It is with great excitement that CGA today names our team of young athletes who will represent Australia at the Youth Games in the Bahamas later this year.
“We have continued to track the development of athletes who competed in Samoa two years ago, with a number likely to line up for Australia on the Gold Coast next year.
“The quick development of these athletes is so pleasing for us, and demonstrates how powerful a Youth Commonwealth Games experience can be.”
Below are the swimmers and respective states and events:
Sophie Caldwell, VIC, 200m IM
Brittany Castelluzzo, SA, 200m Butterfly
Meg Harris, QLD, 50m Freestyle
Charlotte Mitchell, QLD, 200m Butterfly
Elzbieta Noble, QLD, 50m Freestyle
Katie Strachan, QLD, 100m Freestyle
Phoebe Walker, QLD, 800m Freestyle
Myles Bailey, NSW, 200m Backstroke
Charles Cox, QLD, 200m Butterfly
Jake Goldsworthy, QLD, 100m Breaststroke
Daniel Jacobson, QLD, 400m Freestyle
Heath MacLeod, VIC, 100m Breaststroke
Ethan McAleese, WA 200m IM
Max Osborn, QLD, 1500m Freestyle