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Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2021

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Australia is yet to confirm the team who will travel to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, however, as it starts to be announced, you’ll be able to find the full Australian Olympic team.

Over 11,000 athletes from around the globe will assemble in Tokyo next year for the Olympics, with 339 events to be held across 33 different sports.

The two sports introduced last time, rugby sevens and golf, will maintain their place in the Games alongside the return of a men’s baseball competition and women’s softball competition, while karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding were also selected for entry into the 2021 Games for the first time.

Navigate Australia’s Olympic Team by sport
Archery | Artistic swimming | Athletics | Badminton | Baseball | Basketball | Beach volleyball | Boxing | Canoeing | Cycling | Diving | Equestrian | Fencing | Field hockey | Football | Golf | Gymnastics | Handball | Judo | Karate | Modern pentathlon | Rowing | Rugby sevens | Sailing | Shooting | Skateboarding | Softball | Sport climbing | Surfing | Swimming | Table tennis | Taekwondo | Tennis | Triathlon | Volleyball | Water polo | Weightlifting | Wrestling

To qualify for the Olympics, an Australian athlete must be nominated by their national federation. This is done either by being part of one of the various teams, success at a national championship or by achieving a set score or time at approved events throughout the year.

After nomination, an athlete must then be selected by the Australian Olympic Committee (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.

Information on a sport-by-sport basis, listed in alphabetical order, can be found below. Many teams will not be announced until closer to the games, while other teams need to qualify through various tournaments just to make it to the Games.

Australian Olympic Team (by sport)



Men’s individual and team: David Barnes, Ryan Tyack, Taylor Worth

Australia’s men’s archery team have already qualified for the Olympics, with David Barnes, Ryan Tyack and Taylor Worth set to compete together in the team event as well against one another in the individual event.

Australia’s women were due to attend an Oceania qualification tournament in Fiji, but that has been cancelled. Qualification will now be determined via world rankings – which makes the likelihood of any Australian women qualifying remote.

Qualification for the mixed event will take place at the Olympic Games themselves.

Artistic swimming

Duet: Emily Rogers, Amie Thompson
Team: Hannah Burkhill, Hannah Cross, Kiera Gazzard, Alessandra Ho, Kirsten Kinash, Rachel Presser, Emily Rogers, Amie Thompson

Artistic swimming (formerly known as synchronised swimming) is a women’s only event at the 2021 Olympics. Australia qualified a full team of eight athletes to travel to the Games.



The Australian athletics team is almost finalised, but won’t be completely determined until just under a month out from the games

Qualification has all but wrapped up, with every individual event having just one place open based on World Athletics world rankings. The relays have eight places remaining in each event, which also be allocated based on world rankings.

Brandon Starc (high jump), Rhydian Cowley (50km walk), Matthew Denny (discus) and Brooke Stratton (long jump) have the best chance of any Aussies to join the group below, while both the men’s and women’s relay teams should also be able to qualify.

Event Men Women
Track events
400m Bendere Oboya
110/100m hurdles Elizabeth Clay
Sally Pearson
400m hurdles Sarah Carli
800m Catriona Bisset
1500m Oliver Hoare
Stewart McSweyn
Matthew Ramsden
Jessica Hull
3000m steeplechase Genevieve Gregson
5000m Stewart McSweyn
Patrick Tiernan
Jessica Hull
10,000m Stewart McSweyn
Patrick Tiernan
Ellie Pashley
4x100m relay
4x400m relay
Road events
20km walk Dane Bird-Smith
Rhydian Cowley
Katie Hayward
Jemima Montag
50km N/A – Men only
Marathon Liam Adams
Jack Rayner
Brett Robinson
Three qualified –
yet to nominate
Field events
High jump Nicola McDermott
Eleanor Patterson
Long jump
Triple jump
Pole vault Kurtis Marschall Nina Kennedy
Discus throw Dani Stevens
Javelin throw Kelsey-Lee Barber
Hammer throw
Shot put
Combined events
Decathlon/Heptathlon Cedric Dubler
Ashley Moloney


Badminton qualification will be based on world rankings to be published in mid-June.

Australia’s best chances will be Wendy Chen Hsuan-yu in women’s singles, the pairing of Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville in women’s doubles and the pairing of Simon Leung and Gronya Somerville in mixed doubles.



Australia’s baseball team will have one more chance to qualify for the Olympics, having failed to gain the automatic spot on offer at the Premier 12 tournament in November.

They now need to win the six-team final qualifying tournament in Taiwan. They’ll be up against the Netherlands, China, Taiwan and the second and third-place teams from the Americas qualifying event.


Both the men’s team – the Boomers – and the women’s team – the Opals – have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.

They will name their 12-player rosters closer to the date.

Boomers squad

Opals squad


Basketball 3×3

3×3 Basketball is a new sport for the 2021 Games, with world rankings and a tournament in 2020 set to decide the make-up of the teams. Australia’s women’s team will attempt to qualify at a tournament in late May, but the men’s team is not in the running.

Beach Volleyball

Most beach volleyball spots for the Olympics are given out in June, once the world rankings have been settled. It appears very unlikely as of March that any Australians will qualify.


Australia has qualified six boxers out of a possible 13 for Tokyo 2021.

Men’s flyweight (52kg): Alex Winwood
Men’s lightweight (63kg): Harrison Garside
Men’s light heavyweight (81kg): Paulo Aokuso
Men’s super heavyweight (>91kg): Justis Huni
Women’s featherweight (57kg): Skye Nicolson
Women’s middleweight (75kg): Caitlin Parker



In the slalom discipline of canoeing, there will be four events – the K-1 and C-1 across both men’s and women’s – and Australia qualified a boat in all four.

Men’s C-1: Daniel Watkins
Men’s K-1: Lucien Delfour
Women’s C-1: Jessica Fox
Women’s K-1: Jessica Fox

Australia have boats qualified in ten of the 12 spring canoeing events.

Men’s C-1 1000m: TBC
Men’s K-1 300m: Thomas Green
Men’s K-1 1000m: Murray Stewart
Men’s K-2 1000m: Riley Fitzsimmons, Jordan Wood
Men’s K-4 500m: Murray Stewart, Lachlan Tame, Jean van der Westhuyzen, Jordan Wood
Women’s C-1 200m: Bernadette Wallace
Women’s C-2 500m: Josephine Bulmer, Bernadette Wallace
Women’s K-1 500m: Catherine McArthur
Women’s K-2 500m: Catherine McArthur, Shannon Reynolds
Women’s K-4 500m: Alyssa Bull, Jo-Brigden-Jones, Alyce Burnett, Jaime Roberts


Australia will enter a squad of 24 cyclists at this stage, although only the track cyclists have been named so far.

In the BMX races at the 2021 Games, 24 spots per gender will be allocated, with the rankings to determine 21 of those spots, and world championships to assign the remainder.

In the freestyle events, only nine spots are available per gender, with rankings to decide six spots, and the world championships, which were held in China at the end of 2019, determining the rest.


Australia have qualified for the women’s BMX freestyle competition after the world championships.

Women’s BMX Freestyle: TBC

Mountain Biking
Both the men’s and women’s mountain bike events will have a total of 38 athletes. Thirty of these places will be granted to the top nations on the ranking list, of which Australia is one, meaning Australia should have between one and three athletes in each race, pending on their final position.

As Australia are one of the top nations in road cycling, they should be able to enter a full five-rider team in the men’s event and four-rider team in the women’s event.

In the individual time trials, Australia will have at least one entrant in each race thanks to one of the nation’s athletes finishing in the top ten at the recent road world championships.

Men’s road race team: TBC
Women’s road race team: TBC
Men’s individual time trial: TBC
Women’s individual time trial: TBC

Rohan Dennis in the yellow jersey

(Team Sky)

The track events being contested in Tokyo across both men’s and women’s will be the team sprint, sprint, keirin, team pursuit, madison and omnium. Australia are expected to be able to enter the maximum amount of athletes in all events, with track cycling traditionally one of the nation’s strongest sports.


Men’s individual sprint: TBC
Men’s team sprint: Matthew Glaetzer, Nathan Hart, Matthew Richardson
Women’s individual sprint: Kaarle McCulloch
Women’s team sprint: Kaarle McCulloch (others TBC)
Men’s team pursuit: Leigh Howard, Kelland O’Brien, Luke Plapp, Alexander Porter, Sam Welsford
Women’s team pursuit: Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Annette Edmondson, Maeve Plouffe
Men’s keirin: TBC
Women’s keirin: Kaarle McCulloch (teammate TBC)
Men’s omnium: TBC
Women’s omnium: TBC
Men’s madison: TBC
Women’s madison: TBC

Stephanie Morton was initially named to Australia’s cycling team, but retired following the postponement of the games.


There are still some events to come for diving qualification, however, Australia currently have seven athletes with their ticket to Tokyo booked in.

Men’s 10-metre platform: Cassiel Rousseau, Domonic Bedggood
Men’s 3-metre springboard: Li Shixin
Women’s 10-metre platform: Nikita Hains, Melissa Wu
Women’s 3-metre springboard: Maddison Keeney, Esther Qin


Equestrian at the 2021 Olympic Games will once again be split into three disciplines, being dressage, eventing and jumping.

Australia, through performances at various qualifying tournaments, have already confirmed their position in the Olympics with the maximum number of athletes (nine) split across the three disciplines.


It means there will be three individual performers and a team, entered into each event for Australia.

Dressage: TBC
Eventing: TBC
Jumping: TBC


Qualification for fencing will be decided based on world rankings as at April 5, and a series of zonal qualifying events in April.

Fencing has never been a strong sport for Australia and that is unlikely to change in Tokyo. Australia failed to qualify for any fencing event in both 2012 and 2016.

Field Hockey

At the Oceania qualifying tournament, the men’s Kookaburras team were successful in making the Olympics, however, the women’s Hockeyroos team fell to New Zealand.

The Hockeyroos however, made it through to the Olympics on their second chance, beating Russia in a qualification tie, which was played in Perth.


Final rosters for both the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos will include 16 players for the Olympics, however, their 27-player squads for 2021 can be found below. The final 16 will be selected from these groups.

Kookaburras 2021 contracted squad
Jacob Anderson, Daniel Beale, Josh Beltz, Tim Brand, Andrew Charter (gk), Tom Craig, Matthew Dawson, Johan Durst (gk), Nathan Ephraums, Blake Govers, Jake Harvie, Jeremy Hayward, Tim Howard, Tyler Lovell (gk), Kurt Lovett, Trent Mitton, Eddie Ockenden, Flynn Ogilvie, Lachlan Sharp, Josh Simmonds, Matthew Swann, Jack Welch, Corey Weyer, Jacob Whetton, Tom Wickham, Dylan Wotherspoon, Aran Zalewski.

(AAP Image/Supplied by World Sport Pics/Koen Suyk)

Hockeyroos 2021 contracted squad
Laura Barden, Jocelyn Bartram (gk), Edwina Bone, Emily Chalker, Jane Claxton, Kalindi Commerford, Madison Fitzpatrick, Greta Hayes, Kate Jenner, Jodie Kenny, Stephanie Kershaw, Rachael Lynch (GK), Rosie Malone, Karri McMahon, Georgina Morgan, Gabi Nance, Kaitlin Nobbs, Brooke Peris, Karri Somerville, Grace Stewart, Renee Taylor, Sophie Taylor, Ashlee Wells (GK), Mariah Williams, Georgia Wilson.

The men’s Olympic competition is strictly for players under 23. Both the Ollyroos and the Matildas have qualified, with their squads to be named closer to the games.


Athletes for golf at the Olympics will be decided by world rankings.


A total of 60 players will participate in both the men’s and women’s competitions, with the men’s world rankings cut off date being June 21, and the women on June 28. No more than four players from one country may participate.

The top 15 automatically qualify, with the list then going through the highest-ranked players from countries that do not already have two players in the field.


Tyson Bull has qualified for the men’s horizontal bar event, while Australia have also secured one spot in the women’s artistic all-around event.


Australia’s men’s and women’s handball teams were both unsuccessful in their attempts to qualify for Tokyo 2021.


Australia will be able to qualify one athlete for each of the 14 men’s or women’s judo events based on world rankings at the end of June.


The mixed teams event will be determined following those spot allocations.


Karate will be divided up into eight events, four each for men and women. No more than one athlete per event can qualify from any given country, with a total of ten athletes from around the world in each event.

World rankings taken in April and a world Olympic qualification tournament in June will be how athletes secure nomination.

Modern Pentathlon

Men: Edward Fernon
Women: Marina Carrier

Australia’s two modern pentathletes secured their qualification at 2019’s Asia & Oceania championships.



Australia qualified a total of eight boats in the rowing events, with the specific crews to be determined at a later date.

Men’s coxless pair: TBC
Men’s coxless four: TBC
Men’s quadruple sculls: TBC
Men’s eight: Athletes TBC
Women’s coxless pair: TBC
Women’s double sculls: TBC
Women’s coxless four: TBC
Women’s eight: TBC

Rugby Sevens

By finishing in the top four of the world series, the Australian women’s team have already made it into the Olympics.

The men’s team also qualified for the Olympics by winning the Oceania Championships late in 2019.

Women’s rugby sevens squad

Men’s rugby sevens squad



Australia have qualified a total of eight boats in the sailing events, with crews confirmed for all but one discipline.

Men’s Laser: Matthew Wearn
Men’s Finn: TBC
Men’s 470 series: Matthew Belcher, Will Ryan
Men’s 49er: Sam Phillips, Will Phillips
Women’s Laser Radial: Mara Stransky
Women’s 470 series: TBC
Women’s 49er FX: Tess Lloyd, Jaime Ryan
Mixed Nacra 17: Jason Waterhouse, Lisa Darmanin


Australia have qualified 15 shooters for the Tokyo Olympics; eight men and seven women.

Paul Adams (skeet), Sergei Evglevski (25m rapid-fire pistol), Thomas Grice (trap), Alex Hoberg (10m air rifle), Daniel Repacholi (10m air pistol), Jack Rossiter (50m rifle three positions), Dane Sampson (10m air rifle, 50m rifle three positions), James Willett (trap)

Dina Aspandiyarova (10m air pistol, 25m air pistol), Laura Coles (skeet), Elise Collier (10m air rifle), Elena Galiabovitch (10m air pistol, 25m pistol), Katarina Kowplos (10m air rifle, 50m rifle three positions), Laetisha Scanlan (trap), Penny Smith (trap)

Mixed teams
10m air rifle: Alex Hoberg and Elise Collier, Dane Sampson and Katarina Kowplos
10m air pistol: Sergei Evglevski and Elena Galiabovitch, Daniel Repacholi and Dina Aspandiyarova
Trap: Thomas Grice and Penny Smit, James Willett and Laetisha Scanlan



Skateboarding is split into four events, being park and street for both women’s and men’s competition.

Each nation can qualify up to three athletes in each event, while there will be a grand total of 20 athletes in each of the four events.

World rankings obtained on June 30 will determine Olympic qualification.


Softball is a women’s only tournament. Australia won the Oceania and Asian qualifying tournament in September of 2019 and, as such, will be featured in the six-team tournament at the Olympics.

Rosters will be made up of 15 players.

Australian softball squad

Sport climbing


Men: Tom O’Halloran
Women: Oceania Mackenzie

Australia managed to qualify one athlete in each of the men’s and women’s sport climbing events after taking gold at the 2020 Oceania Championships.


Men’s shortboard: Julian Wilson, Owen Wright
Women’s shortboard: Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore

Australia’s four surfers all secured qualification due to their World Surf League rankings.


The swimming team will not be announced until after the national championships, which will be held in Adelaide in June, meaning the make-up of the large team won’t be known until just weeks before the Games.

We’ll be sending a mammoth swimming team to the Olympics as normal, however. Australia have qualified the maximum two athletes in every individual event, with just four exceptions (one athlete in the men’s 1500m freestyle and none in the men’s 50m freestyle, women’s 400m individual medley and men’s 10km open water), while also qualifying a team in every team event.


For now, the only Australian swimmer named is Kareena Lee in the women’s 10km open water, but we’ll have a full table of who’s been named for which event here as soon as it’s determined.

Mack Horton looks on after winning a race.

(AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

Table tennis

Men’s table tennis: David Powell, Chris Yan (singles ad team).
Women’s table tennis: Michelle Bromley, Stephanie Sang (singles and team).

Australia have entered the maximum of two singles participants in both the men’s and women’s tournaments, with those same athletes also qualifying in the team events. They did this following success at the Oceania qualification event in 2019.


Men’s -58kg: Safwan Khalil
Men’s -80kg: Jack Marton
Women’s -57kg: Stacey Hymer
Women’s +67kg: Reba Stewart

The majority of Taekwondo spots are handed out through world rankings, however, an Oceania qualifying tournament in February 2020 saw four Australians – two men and two women – qualify.


There are eight events across Taekwondo, with countries allowed to enter one competitor per event should they qualify.


In the singles competitions, 64 men and women will take part, with 56 of those spots based on June 7’s world rankings. However, no more than four players per country may participate, while players must have also been available for at least two Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties in the preceding years.

In doubles, the competition is 32 teams each for men’s and women’s. These are again done through rankings for the top ten spots, before combined rankings of already qualified singles players are used.

Mixed doubles will not have any qualification or quota spots, rather, simply being selected from the field already in the singles and doubles events.


There will be 55 men and 55 women who’ll qualify for the triathlon events at the 2021 Olympic Games. Up to three athletes of each gender from each country may make the biggest event in the world, with Australia, based on world rankings, tipped to qualify the maximum amount.

Rankings will be taken later this year.



Both Australia’s men’s and women’s volleyball teams failed to qualify for Tokyo 2021.

Water Polo

Both the men’s Australian Sharks and women’s Australian Stingrays team have confirmed their place in the 2021 Olympics, handed the Oceanic automatic place.

The squads for both sides won’t be announced until closer to the start of the Olympics. Each team will carry 13 players.

Sharks squad

Stingrays squad



The majority of weightlifting athletes will be based on world rankings to be taken at a later date.


There will be 18 events across men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman, as well as women’s freestyle. Every nation is allowed to enter a maximum of one athlete per event, should they qualify.

Australia’s athletes didn’t qualify through the World Championships in September. Instead, they will need to do so at the African and Oceania qualification tournament later this year.

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