STEPHEN’S SCHOOL year 11 student Mikayla Hatten is on track to realise her Olympic dream after she was selected to represent Australia in modern pentathlon at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) qualifiers later this year.
Ms Hatten, who has been competing most of her life, achieved selection in the modern pentathlon team after meeting international qualifying times and world standards in swimming, fencing, show-jumping and combined shoot and run.
“I am incredibly thankful to have been selected for the team by the YOG and am excited to be able to train alongside some of the world’s top athletes,” Ms Hatten said.
St Stephen’s School has a proud history of producing talented athletes with Ms Hatten the second student selected to represent Australia in recent months.
Fellow classmate Caitlyn Ribbons was recently selected in the Australian Olympic Hopes team for sprint kayaking.
“We’re very proud of Mikayla and what she has achieved,” St Stephen’s School Head of Secondary Bruce Titlestad said.
“St Stephen’s School will be cheering her on from the sidelines when she takes on the world’s best athletes.”
The Duncraig secondary student will travel to Budapest for an intense three-week training course before competing in the Youth World Championships in July. She will then travel to Japan in September to compete in the YOG qualifiers.
“I am honoured to represent my country and I am excited by this next step towards my Olympic goal,” Ms Hatten said.