Meet region's super six: Off to London Olympics

HERE'S our super six — the athletes from our region who have been chosen to represent Australia at the London Olympic Games.

While some teams are yet to finalise their nominations, five weeks out from the start of the Olympics, Athletics Australia's selections yesterday of our own middle distance runners, Eloise Wellings and Ben St Lawrence, topped the select list from St George and Sutherland Shire.

The final team of 54 which Athletics Australia has identified for nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), is the largest of any sport to date for selection for London.

Sutherland's Wellings and St George runner, St Lawrence, will compete in the 10,000 metres, but Wellings also seems likely to get a start in the women's 5000m, like she ran at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games.

There she finished a creditable fifth in the 5000m and sixth in the 10km.

"We can rest easy now," said Wellings, who recently returned from the US where she ran two fast 5000m races, narrowly missing the 5000m A-standard, but fulfilling the requirement set for the 10,000 (a distance she had earlier qualified in).

Sprint cyclist Kaarle McCulloch — a multiple world champion with partner Anna Meares in the women's Team Sprint — was the first of our athletes to qualify for London.

Then followed our water polo girls from the National Water Polo League-winning Cronulla club: goalie Alicia McCormack, set to become a dual Olympian, and talented team-mates Nicola Zagame and Holly Lincoln-Smith.

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