UniSA Student-Athletes Selected to Represent Australia in Athletics

Deanna Kennedy


 In an exceptional display of talent and dedication, two University of South Australia (UniSA) students, Tryphena Hewett and Isabella Guthrie, have been chosen to represent Australia in international athletics competitions.


Tryphena Hewett's Vault to Success

Tryphena Hewett, a budding pole vaulter and a student pursuing her Bachelor of Design (Illustration and Animation) at UniSA, has been selected to compete in the prestigious World Athletics U20 Championships scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru from the 27th to the 31st of August. This championship, renowned for showcasing the world's most promising athletic talents, serves as a crucial stepping stone for athletes aiming for future international success, spurring the next generation to the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.

Hewett's journey to international recognition has been nothing short of remarkable. In April, she claimed victory at the Australian Athletics Championships, clinching the gold medal in the U20 pole vault with an impressive personal best of 4.20 meters. Following that competition, she showcased her prowess at the Unisport Nationals, representing UniSA and securing another gold medal in the pole vault, setting a championship record in the process. Hewett's selection in the Australian team underscores her remarkable talent and her ability to excel under pressure on the national stage.

As part of her preparation for the World U20 Championships, Hewett will join her Australian teammates for a training camp on the Gold Coast, honing her skills and fine-tuning her performance ahead of the competition in Lima. Her inclusion in one of the strongest Australian teams in history highlights the depth of talent emerging from the nation's athletic programs.


Isabella Guthrie's Steady Stride Towards Excellence

UniSA student, Isabelle Guthrie specialises in the 400m hurdles, where she has consistently demonstrated her speed on the track. At the Australian Athletics Championships in April, she showcased her prowess by clinching the bronze medal in the 400m hurdles with a personal best time of 57.19 seconds. Her stellar performance at the Unisport Nationals further solidified her reputation as one of the country's most promising athletes, as she stormed to victory in the 400m hurdles representing UniSA.

Isabella represented Australia at the Oceania Athletics Championships in Suva, Fiji from the 1st to the 8th of June. Guthrie's selection in the open Australian team marked a significant milestone in her burgeoning athletic career, competing against established competitors and emerging talents from across the Oceania region.

In her debut appearance in the Australian senior team, Isabella won a bronze medal, representing both her country and her university with pride and distinction.


As both Tryphena and Isabella represent Australia on the global stage, they carry with them not only their individual talents but also the hopes and aspirations of a nation eager to witness their success. Their selection is a testament to their unwavering commitment to their sport and serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes across the country. UniSA stands proud of their achievements and wishes them the very best as they embark on this exciting journey of representing Australia in international athletics competitions.




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