Australia Announces Para Athletics World Championship Squad

Photo: Athletics Australia

Australia has named their team for the World Para Athletics Championships in London next month naming 37 athletes for the event, announcing their squad on Wednesday.

After winning 26 medals in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with three of them gold and unsurprisingly those three gold medalists have entered the team. James Turner, Scott Reardon, and Brayden Davidson all won gold medals at Rio and come in to the world championships team.

Also joining the Paralympic Champions will be four defending world champions heading to London to defend their titles. Todd Hodgetts, Angela Ballard, Madison Rozario, and Isis Holt will all be joining the team as world champions.

To qualify for the World Championships all the athletes had to meet at least two Athletics Australia A or B standards in their event. With that in mind Athletics Australia has made their selection philosophy one where they attempt to get the largest team possible.

Four athletes will also be making their debut for an Australian Athletics team competing in the different throwing events for the first time. Cameron Crombie and Martin Jackson will compete in the F38 events while Daniel Kirk and Sarah Edmiston will compete in F44.

The team is down from the Australian team in 2015 in Doha where Australia sent 40 athletes and claimed 22 medals, eight of them gold. That was enough to see Australia finish ninth in the medal tally, they will be hoping for a stronger performance with their team in London this July.

There are 22 men and 15 women in the team with 18 athletes competing in field events and 19 in the track events. Of course most of the track athletes will be competing in multiple events with Australia heavily represented in the sprints, especially in the women’s sprints.

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