Holroyd Athlete Rashid Kabba, 15, has made history with his selection in the Australian team as the fourth youngest ever male athlete named in the national junior team. A refugee from Sierra Leone, Kabba came to Australia with his mother aged one in 2006.
This week Kabba was amongst an Australian team of 49 athletes selected to compete in the Oceania Athletics Invitational series on the Gold Coast in June. In April Australia announced they would not be sending a team to the World U20 Championships in Kenya in August, due to security and logistical challengers caused by COVID.
Kabba, who is 15 until October, is the fourth youngest male ever selected for the Australian team, behind sprinter Matthew Bertacco (V, 2012) and race walkers Troy Sundstrom (N, 1996) and Matthew O’Donnell (N, 1990). The World U20 Championships, originally named World Juniors, were first held in 1986 and the 2021 championships, if they go ahead, will be the first championships Australia have not attended in the 35-year history of the event.
Rashid Kabba was one of the most successful athletes at the Australian junior championships, winning five medals (bronze U20 100m, gold U17 110 hurdles, gold U17 200m, silver U17 100m, silver U18 4x100m). He reflected on the decision to compete in the U20 100m.
“Doing the U20 100m was just a way to gain more confidence for my age group,” said Kabba. “I honestly didn’t know that I would even make the team but my coach did say there was a possibility, so I went for it.”
Parents & Volunteers Role at Little Athletics
First call on the night is at 5.50pm, so we ask that each athlete and parent arrive to the ground before 5.45pm at the latest, to sign on and sanitise for Covid19 safety.
Each Friday night, competition will run from 6.00pm to 8.00pm (this is an approximation finishing time, as the children finish when their age has completed all their events for the night).
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