Our athletes taking on the world

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Michelle Wilson

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The University's athletic powers will be on show on the world stage with a number of fast-footed students being selected to represent Australia.

Sarah Eckel, who is studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science, is the only South Australian to be selected to represent Australia at the World Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland from 10 to 15 July where she will be competing in the 1500m.

On Friday night, she also won the Athletics SA BRIAN WYLD AWARD for Junior Athlete of The Year. Sarah won gold in the under 20 Australian Junior Championships in 2018 in the 1500m, gaining her automatic selection for her country in the IAAF World Junior Championships. She was also a bronze medallist in the Australian Junior Cross Country Championship. Sarah says "Through my selection, I hope to encourage other young female athletes to stay in the sport and continue to live fit, healthy and empowering lives whilst showing that it is possible to achieve a healthy balance of sport, academics and cultural activities".

Olivia Sprod (fourth year Bachelor of Laws and Health Science student) and Angus Haines (first year Bachelor of Commerce student) have been selected to represent Australia and the University at the World University Orienteering Championships, which will also be held in Finland in July. Angus will also take part in the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Hungary. They are being supported by the University as they have received a Vice Chancellor's Travel Grant ($1000) each to help with travel costs.

At a local level, a number of other University of Adelaide students have been identified by Athletics SA as the first group to be selected for the Emerging Athlete Program Training Squad. The program focusses on high performing athletes between 17 and 23 years of age who are currently bridging the gap between Athletics Australia’s Junior High Performance Programs and current SASI / NASS scholarships.

In the squad of 11 athletes, three are University of Adelaide students: Sarah Eckel – Hills Districts (Coached by Adam Didyk), Liam Moss - Pembroke (Coached by Rick Treleaven) and Duncan Cameron - Western District (Coached by John Hodge). Liam and Duncan have previously represented the University and won medals at national intervarsity competitions.