Australia’s latest diving sensation Melissa Wu will get a taste of the Olympics two years before Beijing after being named in the Australian Diving team to contest the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, January 17-21. Wu made a splash earlier this year when she won her first National title in the 10m platform at just 13, before winning silver at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in the 10m Synchro with partner Alex Croak.
Exciting fourteen-year-olds Daniel Smith and Ellese Zalewski will spearhead a 32-strong Australian Flippers Swim Team announced today for next year’s Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney from January 17-21, 2007.
More sports and more athletes than ever before! It is 100 days until the fourth edition of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF). The AYOF continues to grow with the best young athletes from Australia and around the world converging on Sydney for five days of competition from January 17- 21 2007. This dedicated Festival website is now live. The site features vision, an interactive screensaver, downloadable maps and the latest news.
In the short history of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival no athlete has created such a stir as swimmer Travis Nederpelt who won a record seven gold medals in 2003. The 17-year-old from Perth made history winning all seven events he contested. His victories included the 400, 800 and 1500m freestyle, 200 and 400 metre individual medley, 200m butterfly and he was a member of the 4 x 200m freestyle relay team.
A record number of athletes from China and Great Britain will compete in the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival as they prepare their young athletes for the Beijing and London Olympics. China is sending 294 athletes to the Festival in Sydney in January, their biggest team ever. Great Britain is sending 150 athletes, also their biggest AYOF team. Australia will have by far the biggest contingent, 587 athletes. The fourth festival will be conducted in Sydney from January 17- 21 featuring a total of 2,200 athletes from 23 countries competing in 16 sports.
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At London 2012 Australia won 7 gold medals, 16 silver and 12 bronze, a total of 35 medals.