Athletics Australia Head Coach Craig Hilliard is thrilled with the team
“The athletes named so far are a fantastic mix of youth and experience making us well placed for Rio and for beyond to Tokyo,” Hilliard said.
“There has been a lot of young athletes that have stepped up in the Olympic year, such as Brooke Stratton, Ella Nelson, Morgan Mitchell, to name a few.
Sally is worth her weight in gold
“We also have experienced campaigners like defending Olympic champion Sally Pearson. Sally is worth her weight in gold. She’s been there and knows what it takes to win a silver and then step up to the top of the podium. She will give guidance and advice to the younger athletes that will be invaluable.”
Commonwealth high jump champion Eleanor Patterson is the youngest member and 3000m steeplechaser Victoria Mitchell is the eldest of four 33-year-olds. Alana Boyd and Pearson are off to their fourth Games.
Dani Samuels is looking for that discus podium in Rio
“It’s awesome. I get a big smile on my face when it is mentioned,” the 2009 World Champion said.
“I can’t explain the pride of wearing the tracksuit and representing your country and its great knowing everyone is behind you and supporting you.
“Walking into a stadium like this with your Olympic gear on and having Australia next to your name is really what you train and what you live for.”