We are pleased to announce Athletics WA will host the 2019 Australian All Schools Championships and the Coles Nitro Schools National Final.
The events will take place later this year and will see hundreds of the best high school athletes travel to Perth to compete for the title of national champion.
“We are excited that with the support of the State Government and Tourism WA, we will host the Australian All Schools in 2019,” said Athletics WA CEO Wayne Loxley. “In addition to providing ideal performance conditions for all athletes, it is a boost for all West Australian athletes and their families to have a national competition in their home state.”
The Australian All Schools has been a key pathway competition for many of Australia’s great athletes. At the inaugural meet in 1951, future four-time Olympian Betty Cuthbert would win the under-14 100 yards. In more recent years Kurtis Marschall, Sally Pearson and Dani Stevens have won multiple titles.
But for other athletes it maybe the environment to spark an interest or motivate them to reach to top in the sport. A young Brandon Starc in 2009 was run out of the heats in the hurdles and finish second in the high jump. Linden Hall, the new Australian 1500m and mile record holder, placed third in the 17 years 1500m in 2008.
School athletics is also the foundation for many athletes in other sports. Olympic cycling champion Kathy Watt won silver in a 400m in 1978. AFL player Anthony Koutoufides won the hurdles in 1989, Rio Olympic rowing champion Kim Crow won a 400m hurdles in 2001 and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games triathletes Ashleigh Gentle and Jake Birthwhistle won distance titles.
The Coles Nitro Schools National Final was a great success in its inaugural year in 2018, having replaced the Schools Knockout competition with a new and exciting format. The team-based competition will see the top performing schools compete against each other across a mixture of new and traditional events.
The events not only provides a great opportunity for local athletes, coaches and officials alike to be involved in a national event but will also give visitors the chance to experience all that Perth and Western Australia has to offer.