Hunter runner Montana Monk has been picked in the Australian Under-20 women's 4 x 400m relay team.
The Fletcher-based athlete has been selected in the team at only 15 years of age.
She will train and race with the team over coming months and then likely be included in a squad of five or six to attend the world junior championships next year.
Monk's coach Gerrard Keating said the selection was a "shock" but was a reward for her dedication in training and string of commanding results earlier this year.
"It's fantastic for Montana," he said. "They obviously saw something from her at the NSW titles.
"It was a shock to me that they even selected this, this early, which is great.
"The women's 4x400 team could do quite well at world juniors next year, and they've probably looked at her because of her 800 metres as well. She flies under the radar a little bit, but she's a massive talent. Her 400m times have been dropping."
Keating said it was likely Monk would form part of a squad that travels to the 2020 IAAF World U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.
"They've got these four girls together to have a look at them and see what they can produce," he said.
"Montana's the youngest by probably two years. For world juniors you have to be 16, so she falls into that because she turns 16 next year.
"It will be good for her to be in a relay for her first one. That's how Cathy Freeman started, she made her first Australian team in a relay. Sally Pearson - made her first Australian team in a relay.
"Particularly when they're young, it's a good stepping stone for them."
Todd Woodbridge Cup finals
Broadmeadow tennis courts were abuzz for the Hunter region finals of the school-based Todd Woodbridge Cup last Tuesday.
Eight schools took part in the region's finals, including: Booral Public School, East Maitland Public School, Eleebana Public School, Kearsley Public School, Rathmines Public School, Raymond Terrace Public School, St Catherine's Catholic College Singleton, St Philip's Christian College (Waratah).
The schools had qualified through round-robin matches held previously at East Maitland, Belmont, Broadmeadow and Singleton.
St Catherine's Catholic College finished in first place with Eleebana Public School second. They have both progressed to the state finals in Sydney on November 18.
The Todd Woodbridge Cup was developed by Tennis NSW for students in years three and four. The tournament is played as a doubles and mixed doubles event in a modified format, using lower compression balls on modified tennis courts to allow students to play longer points and participate in a more engaging match.