National Development

Senior National Competition

Australian Athletics Tour:Athletics Australia and each State Member Association collaboratively deliver international standard athletics competitions supporting both elite high performance and development pathways. Please continue to review the Athletics Australia National events calendar for up to date competition information and entry requirements.

Athletics Australia Junior Teams

World Athletics Junior Championships
The World Athletics Junior Championships are the world championships for junior aged athletes (19 years old or younger on 31 December in the year of the competition), organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It is held biennially since 1986.

Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international multi-sport event organized by the International Olympic Committee. The games are held every four years in staggered summer and winter events consistent with the current Olympic Games format. The age limitation of the athletes is 14 to 18.

Athletics Australia Junior Squads

Under 19 Talent Squad
The Athletics Australia Under 19 Talent Squad was introduced in 2007. Athletes selected into this program are recognised as having the potential to progress through the NASS pathway.

Athletes and their personal coaches are invited to attend two camps annually, working closely with the National Junior Coach across a range of event specific practical and education topics.

Aims of the program include:

  • To set up a network of support around talented athletes to assist the transitional period from junior to senior athletics e.g. Mentors, NJC, AA staff, sport science and other squad members
  • To further educate, inspire and develop athletes with a view to senior international representation
  • To build athletes understanding of the behaviours and commitment required to be an elite athlete

Under 17 Development Squad
Launched in 2006 this squad consists of athletes in each discipline selected by the National Junior Coaches (NJC) based on performance and potential. Athletes are selected by the National Junior Coaches based on performances in competition and potential. The squad meets for one camp each year with the athletes’ personal coach invited to a concurrent coach education program.

Aims of the program:

  • To identify and bring together talented athletes for the purpose of educating them in sport science practices and for coaching assistance from the NJCs
  • For talented athletes to find enjoyment in the U17 program and to aspire to continue on to the next level e.g. U19 program, World Juniors
  • To create a network of contacts to support athletes and coaches of the future (e.g. AA staff, NJC, sport science)
  • To increase the athlete’s knowledge in order to promote behaviours that enhance elite level performance