By ADRIAN MILLER and AAP
MULLUMBIMBY'S Kurt Mulcahy has been selected in the Australian athletics squad to compete at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan, in August.
The 17-year-old Mullumbimby High School student was selected as one of seven members of the 400m relay team after his brilliant performance at the national titles in Brisbane last weekend where he won a silver medal behind Victorian Sean Wroe.
Mulcahy was named yesterday as part of a 40-strong squad, but with one member of the relay team to be omitted he will have to wait until closer to the championships before he is confirmed for the trip.
But with his personal-best time over 400m only slightly outside the WAC 'B' standard qualification time of 45.95 seconds, he has every reason to feel confident he will be on the plane.
Mulcahy said he was thrilled with his selection.
"It will be amazing if I make the team," he said.
"They cut the preliminary team closer to the deadline but just to be picked in the prelim is good."
What makes his selection even more satisfying is the fact Mulcahy wasn't expecting such a good season.
"I wasn't expecting anything like it this year," he said.
"This season was just going to be a study and school year, so for this to happen is great."
Joining Mulcahy in Japan will be the biggest names in Australian athletics, including Craig Mottram, Patrick Johnson, John Steffensen, Benita Johnson and Sally McLellan.
Mulcahy's season has been nothing short of electric and it's no surprise to see him already mentioned among Australia's best.
Before he ran second in open company in Brisbane, Mulcahy won the Under-20 national 200m title in Hobart in February and ran third behind Patrick Johnson in a Telstra A-series meet in Canberra.
In December he took home three national titles ? the 100m, 200m and 400m ? and set two Australian records at the Australian All Schools and Youth Athletics Championships in Sydney.
Although it's the first time the youngster has been picked for Australia at open level, it's not Mulcahy's first taste of Australian representation.
He went to China last year for the World Junior Championships and he was named in the Australian Schools Under-15 merit team as a 15-year-old.
Athletics Australia can add more athletes to the team between now and August 13, subject to them meeting the selection criteria.
The world championships run from August 25 to September 2.