Meriden student selected for Australian Olympic Team

13 December 2019

Meriden student Isabella Moon has been selected for the Australian Team that will compete at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

The Australian Olympic Committee has announced the sixteen-year-old student will be competing in the Biathlon events, including the 6 kilometre Women’s Sprint and the 10 kilometre Women’s Individual event, with a chance to join other nations in the Mixed Relay events. Isabella is one of the first thirteen athletes selected for the thirty-one person Australian team. The young Australians will take on more than 1,880 athletes aged between fifteen and eighteen from seventy-three countries around the world in January 2020.

Isabella was ten years old when she first strapped on a pair of cross-country skis. Two years later, she trained for her first Biathlon event, combining her love for fast skiing with the skill of shooting at a target. In 2019, she became the Australian Biathlon Women’s Under 19 Sprint Champion (6 kilometres) and Women’s Under 19 Short Champion (7.5 kilometres).

Meriden Principal, Dr Julie Greenhalgh, congratulated Isabella on her amazing achievement.

“The Meriden community is extremely proud of Isabella’s determination to follow her passion and to take in her stride all the ups and downs that elite sporting pursuits bring,” she said.

“We will be cheering for Isabella and the rest of the Australian Youth Team as they set off on a wonderful Swiss adventure. We know Isabella will represent our country with grace and, whatever the results, she is already our champion.”