Tokyo Olympics: Athletes from the northern beaches

OLYMPIANS: Northern beaches athletes who will compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Pictures: AOC
OLYMPIANS: Northern beaches athletes who will compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Pictures: AOC

THE northern beaches is punching above its weight when it comes to Olympic athletes, with 19 locals set to compete in Tokyo.

They are in the Australian team of 472 athletes, the nation's second biggest travelling Olympic team. Of the northern beaches' Olympians, 14 are female and five are male.

The youngest, 19-year-old Sariah Paki from Dee Why, will be making her Olympic debut in rugby sevens.

The oldest is three-time Olympian Murray Stewart, 35, from Wheeler Heights. He will compete in the canoe - sprint: his team took out gold in the K4 1000 at London in 2012, and placed just outside the medals at Rio in 2016.

Narrabeen's Jo Brigden-Jones is back for her second Olympics in the canoe - sprint after competing in London 2012. She's been in the sport for 20 years and admits she first began taking it seriously when the Northern Beaches Kayak Club selected her as a 13-year-old for their talent identification program.

Cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanian are in sailing Nacra 17. The duo have been sailing for years together and they scored a silver at the Rio 2016 Games in the mixed multihull Nacra 17 class.

Five athletes are in the rugby sevens including Josh Turner (Queenscliff), Nick Malouf (Collaroy), Sharni Williams (Newport), Faith Nathan (Forestville) and Paki.

There are four softballers - Kaia Parnaby (Bilgola Plateau), Rackel Lack (Bilgola Plateau), Michelle Cox (Elanora Heights) and Tarni Stepto (North Curl Curl).

High jumper Brandon Starc from Collaroy Plateau placed 15th at the Rio 2016. In April this year he won his fourth national high jump title and in June he cleared the Olympic qualifier of 2.33m, his best clearance for three years.

Another debutant is Georgie Rowe from North Narrabeen who is in the women's rowing eight just four years after taking up the sport for the first time.

OLYMPIANS: Northern beaches athletes who will compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Pictures: AOC

OLYMPIANS: Northern beaches athletes who will compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Pictures: AOC

Water polo's Bronte Halligan is the daughter of Kiwi-turned-Aussie goal-kicking legend Daryl Halligan and has been playing the sport since school.

Singapore born Carolyn Rayna Buckle lives in Balgowlah these days and will be making her Olympic debut in artistic swimming.

Collaroy's Emma Jeffcoat initially envisioned herself becoming a professional ironwoman. But she made the switch from surf lifesaving to triathlon six years ago, after falling in love with the challenging multi discipline swim, bike and run format.

Two time Olympian Anneliese Rubie-Renshaw will compete in the 4 x 400m relay at Tokyo. She previously competed in Rio 2016 where she made the 400m semi-final, she was also a key member of the 4 x 400m relay team that placed eighth in the final. Rubie-Renshaw said one of Australia's great sprinters inspired Annelise Rubie to start her journey in athletics. "I saw an advertisement on television for Little Athletics with Matt Shirvington and thought it looked like fun," she said.

Northern beaches Olympians

OLYMPIANS: Northern beaches athletes who will compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Pictures: AOC

OLYMPIANS: Northern beaches athletes who will compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Pictures: AOC

Sharni Williams, 33, Newport

  • Rugby Sevens
  • 2nd Olympics (Rio 2016)

Faith Nathan, 20, Forestville

  • Rugby Sevens
  • Debut

Sariah Paki, 19, Dee Why

  • Rugby Sevens
  • Debut

Josh Turner, 25, Queenscliff

  • Rugby Sevens
  • Debut

Nick Malouf, 28, Collaroy

  • Rugby Sevens
  • 2nd Olympics (Rio 2016)

Jason Waterhouse, 29, Newport

  • Sailing, Nacra
  • 2nd Olympics (Rio 2016)

Lisa Darmanin, 29, Balgowlah Heights

  • Sailing, Nacra
  • 2nd Olympics (Rio 2016)

Jo Brigden-Jones, 33, Narrabeen

  • Canoe - sprint, women's kayak
  • 2nd Olympics (London 2012)

Murray Stewart, 35, Wheeler Heights

  • Canoe - sprint, men's kayak
  • 3rd Olympics (London 2012, Rio 2016)

Georgie Rowe, 28, North Narrabeen

  • Rowing W8+
  • Debut

Anneliese Rubie-Renshaw, 29, Elanora Heights

  • Athletics 4 x 400m relay
  • 2nd Olympics (Rio 2016)

Brandon Starc, 27, Collaroy Plateau

  • Athletics, high jump
  • 2nd Olympics (Rio 2016)

Emma Jeffcoat, 26, Collaroy

  • Triathlon
  • Debut

Bronte Halligan, 24, Manly

  • Water Polo
  • Debut

Carolyn Rayna Buckle, 20, Balgowlah

  • Artistic swimming, team
  • Debut

Kaia Parnaby, 30, Bilgola Plateau

  • Softball
  • Debut

Rachel Lack, 26, Bilgola Plateau

  • Softball
  • Debut

Michelle Cox, 30, Elanora Heights

  • Softball
  • Debut

Tarni Stepto, 21, North Curl Curl

  • Softball
  • Debut

Suburbs of athletes were provided by the Australian Olympic Committee.

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