Triathlon Australia is excited to announce the Australian team selected for this year’s World Triathlon Junior World Championships taking place in Hamburg, Germany in July.
The team comprises of Rhianna Hepburn, Brad Course, Gabby Jackson, Tom Feldmann, Emma Olsen-Keating, Mitchell Blackbourn, Jack Crome, and Alex Field.
Hepburn, Course, Jackson, and Feldmann all secured their spots in the Australian team after their impressive performances at the 2023 Oceania Junior Championships in Taupo.
Olsen-Keating and Blackbourn, on the other hand, earned their qualifications at the 2023 Australian Junior Championships in Port Adelaide.
Crome and Field have been selected as reserves based on their strong performances in Taupo and Port Adelaide, and will be traveling with the team, ready to race should an opportunity arise.
This year's World Triathlon Junior Championships will be held as part of the broader World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships in Hamburg, with the World Triathlon Championship Series, Age Group Sprint World Championships, and Mixed Relay World Championships for Elite, Junior/U23, and Age Group categories all taking place.
Australia has established a string of success at the World Triathlon Junior World Championships, securing podium finishes throughout the years - most recently Toby Powers claimed silver at last year’s event.
With notable triathlon stars Matthew Hauser (2017), Ashleigh Gentle (2010), and Felicity Abram (2003) having clinched gold medals at the event in previous years, the current crop of talented Aussie athletes will be motivated to emulate their success.
Gabby Jackson expressed her excitement and gratitude as she prepares to make her debut as an Australian representative in Hamburg.
“It feels pretty epic, I’ve been working towards this one for the better part of four years.” Jackson said.
“I’ve got a big team around me to qualify and get over to Europe. It means a lot to be repay everything they have done to get me there and to represent Australia.
“It’s the start of my professional career as a triathlete. Even though it's still juniors, it’s going to get me used to the yearly flow of going overseas, racing, travel, seeing the places I will train when I’m older and categorised. It will be great to race internationally and see where I’m at on an international level.
“I’m excited, and extremely grateful to be able to represent Australia, go overseas doing something I love, and have all the support around me.”
In preparation for the highly anticipated World Championships, the Junior Team will embark on the 2023 Triathlon Australia Junior Tour. The tour has been strategically designed to maximise the developmental opportunities presented by international competitions.
Under the guidance of National Talent Development Coach Brendan Sexton and Samantha Janssen, coach with Momentum Endurance in Melbourne, the team will embark on a tour that combines high-quality racing, travel, and training.
The tour will kick off with the Holten Junior European Cup on June 30, with athletes then participate in a World’s Prep Camp in Germany before heading to Hamburg for the World Championship event on July 13.
2023 Australian Junior World Championship Team (Athlete | Coach, Club)Rhianna Hepburn (WA) | Steve Gleeson, WA Triathlon Club
Brad Course (QLD) | Dan Atkins, Queensland High Performance Centre
Tom Feldmann (QLD)
Emma Olson-Keating (NSW) | Brett Cooper, Velocity Tri Squad
Mitchell Blackbourn (NSW) | Ben Bell, Illawarra Triathlon Club
Jack Crome (QLD) | Warwick Dalziel
Alex Field (NSW) | Brett Cooper, Velocity Tri Squad