Riley Day to head youth athletics team to Bahamas

Riley Day

Riley Day

The Australian Commonwealth Games Association has officially confirmed Riley Day’s place in the Australian team to compete in the Bahamas in July.

The Beaudesert State High School student will compete in the 100m and 200m events at the Commonwealth Youth Games being held at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau.

Day will join more than 100 other athletes from a range of sports to compete under the Australian flag in the Bahamas.

Her selection comes off a breakout summer season, breaking several records, winning multiple state and national championships and competing for Australia against the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt.

At the national junior championships in March, Day won the under 18 sprint double, smashing the field and her personal best in the 100m to run 11.59 seconds, making her the third fastest Australian woman over the distance this year.

In the 200m event, Day smashed Cathy Freeman’s state junior record and also beat former world champion Jana Pittman’s meet record to run a time of 23.26.

That time is the second fastest by an Australian woman this year and was only 0.16 seconds off the world championship qualifying standard.