Australia has finalised its team to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 409 athletes have been selected across 26 different sports.
The opening ceremony for the Rio Games will be held on August 5, but a number of events actually start a couple of days in advance the ceremony, meaning there will be 19 days of competition before the August 21 closing ceremony.
10,500 athletes will compete in 306 events across 28 sports during the games, with China and the USA expected to compete for top spot on the medal tally. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is expecting to win 37 medals, including 13 gold, during the Games.
Two new sports – rugby sevens and golf – have been included for the 2016 games. Both made their Olympic debuts in the Paris 1900 Games – rugby in its 15-a-side version – before being removed; golf after 1904 and rugby after 1924.
A third new event – kitesurfing – will make its debut in Rio as part of the sailing program, replacing windsurfing.
To qualify for the Olympics, an Australian athlete must be nominated by their national federation. This is done either by success at a national championships or by achieving a set score or time at approved events throughout the year.
After nomination, an athlete must then be selected by the AOC before making the team. The AOC’s Selection Committee assesses every athlete on the Selection Criteria for their sport. This document includes assessments on the athlete’s behaviour, anti-doping status, as well as some administrative criteria. It is only after the athlete has been vetted by the Selection Committee that their selection for the Olympic team is confirmed.
If an athlete is injured after being selected for the team, the national federation of their sport can nominate a replacement, provided they have met the qualification criteria. The replacement must then be approved and selected by the AOC.
Australian Olympic Team (by sport):
Australia’s men’s archery team was named on May 31, 2016, while sole women’s competitor Alice Ingley was named on June 30.
Liam Adams, Joel Baden, Dane Bird-Smith, Damien Birkinhead, Jenny Blundell,Peter Bol, Alana Boyd, Melissa Breen, Monica Brennan, Zoe Buckman, Milly Clark, Joshua Clarke, Rhydian Cowley, Matthew Denny, Cedric Dubler, Chris Erickson, Henry Frayne, Ryan Gregson, Linden Hall, Benn Harradine, Alex Hartmann, Madeline Hills, Tanya Holliday, Chelsea Jaensch, Michelle Jenneke, Selma Kajan, Genevieve LaCaze, Regan Lamble, Fabrice Lapierre, Kurtis Marschall, Luke Mathews, Sam McEntee, David McNeill, Kim Mickle, Kathryn Mitchell, Morgan Mitchell, Victoria Mitchell, Ella Nelson, Eleanor Patterson, Hamish Peacock, Brendon Reading, Jeff Riseley, Kelsey-Lee Roberts, Brett Robinson, Josh Robinson, Anneliese Rubie, Dani Samuels, Caitlin Sargent, Michael Shelley, Ben St Lawrence, Brandon Starc, Brooke Stratton, Jared Tallent, Rachel Tallent, Jessica Thornton, Patrick Tiernan, Jessica Trengove, Lisa Weightman, Eloise Wellings, Lauren Wells, Scott Westcott
The bulk of the athletics team was named following the Australian Championships and Olympic Trials, which were held in Sydney from March 31 to April 3, although further nominations were made up until July 12.
The qualifiers for Rio were determined by the Badminton World Federation (WBF) rankings on May 5, 2016.
Boomers squad for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
David Andersen, Cameron Bairstow, Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Ryan Broekhoff, Matthew Dellavedova, Chris Goulding, Joe Ingles, Kevin Lisch, Damian Martin, Patrick Mills, Brock Motum.
Opals squad for the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio
Liz Cambage, Marianna Tolo, Cayla George, Stephanie Talbot, Rachel Jarry, Nat Burton, Katie-Rae Ebzery, Tessa Lavey, Leilani Mitchell, Laura Hodges, Erin Phillips, Penny Taylor
Both the Boomers and the Opals have qualified for Rio after defeating New Zealand in their respective Oceania Championships last year.
For the first time in Olympic history, professional boxers can compete in the Games at Rio 2016. Australia’s boxing team was named on April 12.
Canoe/Kayak – Slalom
All nominations for the slalom team were made to the AOC by July 4.
Canoe/Kayak – Sprint
The bulk of Australia’s sprint team for Rio was announced on March 16.
Australia’s cycling team was announced on July 5.
Australia’s cycling team was announced on July 5.
Australia’s cycling team was announced on July 5.
*Simon Gerrans was injured during Stage 12 of the Tour de France and subsequently withdrew from the Olympic team. The AOC will announce a replacement for him shortly.
Australia’s cycling team was announced on July 5, with Anna Meares named as the country’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony a day later.
Australia’s diving team, led by Melissa Wu, was named on June 29.
Australia’s four riders have been selected based on their performance in two European Grand Prix Classes.
Australia did not qualify any athletes for the fencing in Rio.
Laura Alleway, Mackenzie Arnold, Tameka Butt, Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley, Larissa Crummer, Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Katrina Gorry, Michelle Heyman, Elise Kellond-Knight, Alanna Kennedy, Samantha Kerr, Chloe Logarzo, Clare Polkinghorne, Kyah Simon, Emily Van Egmond, Lydia Williams
The Matildas qualified for the Olympics during a six-team qualifying tournament in late February and early March. Their squad for Rio was named on July 4.
Australia qualified there maximum four golfers for Rio.
Australia failed to qualify a team for the first time since 1988 after missing out on the top four during the Rio Test Event held in April. Larrissa Miller did qualify as an individual.
Qualification was earned during the Rio Test Event in April, where the top 6 athletes qualified for the Olympics. Danielle Prince qualified for Australia.
The Australian men’s and women’s teams both failed to qualify for Rio 2016.
Kookaburras squad for Rio 2016
Andrew Charter, Blake Govers, Christopher Ciriello, Daniel Beale, Eddie Ockenden, Fergus Kavanagh, Glenn Turner, Jacob Whetton, Jamie Dwyer, Mark Knowles,
Matt Gohdes, Matthew Dawson, Matthew Swann, Simon Orchard, Timothy Deavin, Tristan White.
Hockeyroos squad for Rio 2016
Madonna Blyth, Edwina Bone, Jane-Anne Claxton, Kirstin Dwyer, Jodie Kenny, Rachael Lynch, Karri McMahon, Georgina Morgan, Gabrielle Nance, Georgie Parker, Brooke Peris, Casey Sablowski, Kathryn Slattery, Emily Smith, Grace Stewart, Mariah Williams
On May 30, the top 22 male athletes and 14 female athletes for each weight division automatically qualified for the Rio Olympics. No more than one athlete per country can qualify for a weight division.
As the highest-placed finishers from Oceania, Max and Chloe Esposito qualified for Rio at the Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifier in June last year.
Alexander Belonogoff, Josh Booth, Kim Brennan, Jennifer Cleary, Josh Dunkley-Smith, Maddie Edmunds, Karsten Forsterling, Cameron Girdlestone, Rhys Grant, Jessica Hall, Alexander Hill, Kerry Hore, Genevieve Horton, Sally Kehoe, Alex Lloyd, Will Lockwood, James McRae, Chris Morgan, Spencer Turrin, David Watts
Every country can be represented by one boat per rowing event. Most of the qualification places were awarded at the 2015 Rowing World Championships, where they are awarded to countries, not athletes.
Australian women’s sevens squad for the Rio Olympics
Shannon Parry (c), Sharni Williams (c), Nicole Beck, Gemma Etheridge, Emma Tonegato, Evania Pelite, Charlotte Caslick, Chloe Dalton, Amy Turner, Alicia Quirk, Emilee Cherry, Ellia Green
Australian men’s sevens squad for the Rio Olympics
Ed Jenkins (c), Con Foley, Jesse Parahi, Tom Cusack, Nick Malouf, Pat McCutcheon, James Stannard, Lewis Holland, John Porch, Henry Hutchison, Cameron Clark, Allan Fa’alav’au
The initial selections for Australia’s sailing team were announced in December last year, with more qualifiers announced as the Olympics drew nearer.
Australia qualified a team of 18 shooters to the Rio Games.
The Australian Selection Trials ran from April 7-14, with 34 swimmers booking their place at Rio.
Amber Rose Stackpole
Jian Fang Lay
The three best athletes at the Oceania Qualification Tournament, which ran from April 1-4, earned qualification spots for their country.
Each country can send four male and four female athletes to Rio 2016, with one athlete per weight category. Qualification was decided through the World Taekwondo Federation rankings as well as a series of Continental Qualification Tournaments.
After the well-publicised withdrawals of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios from the Olympics, the tennis team was named during the 2016 Wimbledon tournament.
Australia’s triathlon team of three men and three women for Rio was announced on May 23.
The Australian men’s and women’s teams both failed to qualify for Rio.
Volleyball – Beach
Maria Fe Artacho del Solar
Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy qualified Australia’s first beach volleyball for Rio, before Maria Fe Artacho del Solar and Nicole Laird sealed their spot on June 26.
Australian Stingers squad for Rio
Zoe Arancini, Gemma Beadsworth, Isobel Bishop, Hannah Buckling, Keesja Kaia Gofers, Bronwen Knox, Holly Lincoln-Smith, Glencora McGhie, Ashleigh Southern, Kelsey Wakefield, Rowena Webster, Lea Yanitsas, Nicola Zagame
Australian Sharks squad for Rio
Richie Campbell, John Cotterill, Joel Dennerley, Mitch Emery, George Ford, Jarrod Gilchrist, Rhys Howden, Joseph Kayes, Nathan Power, Aidan Roach, James Stanton-French, Joel Swift, Aaron Younger
Countries were allocated Olympic places based on their ranking in the top-24 of the Team Classification.
Qualification was determined by performance in the 2015 World Championships, 2016 Continental Qualification Tournaments, as well as two final International Qualification Tournaments, the second of which concluded on May 8.
*Vinod Kumar has been removed from the AUstralian Olympic team due to a failed drugs test, however he is contesting the decision in a bid to go to Rio.
To see the detailed selection process, you can visit the AOC’s website.