It’s the Australian All Schools Championships this weekend in Canberra, and we’re sending over 186 athletes, to represent the Big V!
So in order to get to know some of them, we thought it’d be a good idea to introduce a few who’ve been dominating on the athletics circuit this year…
Jesse Iese (U16 discus & shot put): The reigning National Junior Champion in both disciplines. Taught himself how to throw by watching YouTube footage of past Olympics/World Championships. Hails from Edenhope, which is on the Victorian and South Australian border, with a population of 976.
Kyle Swan (U18 5000m race walk): Placed 32nd at the World Team Race Walking Championships in Roma (Italy) this year.
Christian Davis & Archie Wallis (U18 800m – both competing at Zatopek this year): Davis is the reigning National Junior Champion and ran a time of 1:50.51 (PB is 1:50.47) at the Victorian All Schools Championships, beating Wallis, who ran a mammoth PB of 1:51.34. Both go into the 800m as favourites, with the event formatted as ‘timed finals’, which is likely to play into their hands.
Lateisha Willis (U18 100m hurdles & 100m sprint): Hasn’t lost a hurdles race in 2 years. Looking to test herself ahead of Commonwealth Games Youth selection in March.
Caytlyn Sharp: Will compete in six (6) para events across the course of 3 days. A bold program, but one that will be interesting to follow.
Bianca Hansen (U18 long jump, shot put & discus): Represented Australia at the Youth Commonwealth Games and World U20 level as a discus thrower. Jam packed program across the weekend with three (3) events.
Historically we’ve been extremely dominant in the relay division. At the National Junior Championships at Perth, we received medals in every event except for one. At the Australian All Schools held in Melbourne last year, we only missed out on one medal due to a dropped baton. Otherwise it was all gold and silver, with only one event resulting in a bronze. Thus, the Big V are extremely strong at this level, and should smash all other states. Particularly NSW!
It’s going to come down to who can stand the extreme heat better. Expected temperatures across the weekend range between 30 and 34!