Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) has announced a squad of 75 athletes that will represent the country at The Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.
Aged between 14 and 18, the Australian squad will be spread over seven sports.
Competitors will take part in athletics, beach volleyball, boxing, road cycling, judo, rugby sevens and swimming.
They are hoping to extend upon the success the country enjoyed at the Samoa 2015 edition of the Games when they finished top of the medals table with 62, including 24 golds.
The team will be led by decorated former Australian Para swimmer Matthew Cowdrey, who also led the team in 2015.
Cowdrey won 13 Paralympic gold medals across Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
“It is with great excitement that CGA today names our team of young athletes who will represent Australia at the Youth Games in the Bahamas later this year,” Cowdrey said.
“We have continued to track the development of athletes who competed in Samoa two years ago, with a number likely to line up for Australia on the Gold Coast next year.
“The quick development of these athletes is so pleasing for us, and demonstrates how powerful a Youth Commonwealth Games experience can be.”
Cowdrey will be joined by nine-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Petria Thomas and former Beach Volleyball Olympian, Kerri Pottharst in leading the team.
Commonwealth Games Australia chief executive, Craig Phillips, is certain the Games will be a useful experience for those involved.
“CGA is pleased to be able you give each of these talented young Australians the opportunity to take this important step along the pathway of their athletic careers,” he said.
“We are confident they will compete with great distinction and will make their families, their sports and Australia very proud.”
They will begin their preparations during a two-day training camp at Runaway Bay’s sports super centre in Queensland.
The full squad can be found here.
The Games, first staged in 2000, are due to be held between July 19 and 23.
It will be the largest international sporting event ever staged in The Bahamas and the biggest edition of the Games with up to 1,300 athletes aged between 14 and 18 set to participate.
The event will see 94 medals contested across athletics, beach soccer, boxing, road cycling, judo, rugby sevens, swimming, tennis and beach volleyball.