Youth News

AOC President John Coates

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.

Young shooter on the Mark

18 September 2006

Gold medallist Russell Mark is helping a young shooter from Colac in Victoria realise his dream to compete for Australia at the...

She has very limited use of her right arm but that hasn’t stopped 16-year-old Victorian, Melissa Tapper, from joining the...

Sailing on Sydney Harbour during Sydney 2000

For the first time since the inception of the AYOF five years ago, competitors in the sport of sailing are being offered the...

A 12-year-old British boy, tipped as a future Olympic diving champion, will compete in Australia next year...

2001 Olympic Youth triathlon champion Emma Snowsill has gone on to win Commonwealth and World titles.

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.

AOC President John Coates

In a major boost for short track speed skating and figure skating, they are to be showcased as part of the AOC's Olympic Youth Festival in Sydney in January 2007.

Sailing on Sydney Harbour during Sydney 2000

With sailing on the program for the first time, contestants in the 2007 AYOF will compete adjacent to the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge...

Boys and girls football will be played at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in Sydney...

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