Kelsey-Lee Roberts

Kelsey-Lee Roberts

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(Local) / 09:50 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Women's Javelin Throw Qualifying Round - Group B

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Athlete Biography

Kelsey-Lee Roberts will round out a trio of Olympic javelin throwers after securing the 62m qualifier with a personal best throw of 63.92m.

As one of the youngest competitors in the javelin on her Australian international debut at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Kelsey-Lee Roberts threw her way to the javelin bronze medal.

In 2015 she competed at the ‘Birds Nest’ Olympic Stadium in Beijing which made her even hungrier for an Olympic debut in 2016.

As someone who dreamt of being an Olympian from a very young age, Roberts competed in athletics throughout high school but only started training for javelin seriously after school in 2010.

She trains at the AIS in Canberra and has been using the biomechanics facilities to improve her technique leading up to Rio.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 4th (javelin) – 2016 IAAF World Challenge (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 1st (javelin) – 2015 Pihtipudas Javelin Throw Carnival (Pihtipudas, Finland)
  • 20th (javelin) – 2015 World Championships (Beijing, China)
  • 3rd (javelin) – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)

Career Highlights

  • Winning the bronze medal in the women's javelin at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, 2014
  • Competing in the women's javelin at the World Championships in Beijing, 2015
  • Setting a new personal best throw of 63.92m in the women's javelin at the ACT Championships in Canberra, 2013


  • Primary
    Corryong College (VIC, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Lake Ginninderra College (ACT, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Sport Coaching and Exercise Science - University of Canberra (2010-2014)


  • Coach
    Mike Barber (2015 - current)
  • Club
    South Canberra Tuggeranong, Canberra, ACT, Australia
  • Primary Training Base
    Canberra, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Cologne, Germany


Favourite holiday destination
Anywhere with a beach
Dream car
4 door, big enough to fit javelins
Star Sign
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Track Cycling
Why this sport?
I get to throw spears really far, and its fun!