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Australian Nitro athletics team named

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017

Australian athletics will showcase its new stars in next month's Nitro series.

The final team of 24 named on Thursday has an average age of 22.

It was already known that established stars local Sally Pearson and Melissa Breen would not compete in the new series.

While Usain Bolt's All Stars team boasts five Olympic gold medallists, the top Australians have made Olympic finals.

Olympians Ryan Gregson, Morgan Mitchell, Genevieve LaCaze, Fabrice Lapierre, Brooke Stratton, Kathryn Mitchell, Anneliese Rubie and Michelle Jenneke feature in the team, along with Paralympic gold medallist Scott Reardon and bronze medallist Ella Pardy.

Rising sprint stars Jack Hale and Riley Day are also in the local lineup, along with world junior championships silver medallists Kurtis Marschall and Liz Parnov.

"It's going to be huge for me and (the) development of my career going forward," said Hale, 18.

"Athletics is a long game and it's all about progression over the years so to be one of the youngest in the team is really good and hopefully being part of Nitro will give me some great new experience."

"The chance to line up against someone like Usain Bolt will be amazing - he's the pinnacle of sprinters. While I look up to him, I'm excited to create my own future,."

Melbourne's Lakeside Stadium will host the three Nitro events from February 4-11.

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