Triple jumper confident
HANSHAW LOOKS FORWARD TO CHS TITLES AFTER CANADA TOUR
MITCHELL Hanshaw will enter this year’s Combined High Schools State Championship with his first international tour under his belt.
The triple jumper, 16, of Blackett, said he was looking forward to the state competition after the success of the Australian team’s tour in Canada earlier this year.
The exhibition tour included some of our best junior athletes. The team of about 35 travelled to Apple Bowl Stadium in Kelowna, British Columbia to compete in the Jack Brow Memorial track and field meet in June.
“My team won gold in the 4x100 relay at the … meet,” Hanshaw said.
The next leg of the tour was the Trevor Craven Track and Field meet at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia held from July 4-5.
Hanshaw displayed his individual talent at the Trevor Craven meet when he placed second in the men’s 16-17 triple jump with a 13m leap.
“The competition was very professional,” Hanshaw said. “It was by far my biggest thing I’ve ever done for any sport.”
Hanshaw has represented Chifley College Bidwill Campus at a state level for three years and won overall junior sports performer of the year.
It was his consistent high performance in the school competitions that earned him a place on the Australian side.
Hanshaw competed in high jump, long jump and the 100m relay, but said it was the skill and art of the triple jump that made it his favourite event. He looked up to former British Olympic champion triple jumper Jonathan Edwards, but said he had no particular career goal in mind.
“I’ve never really thought to that extent or that far in the future,” he said. “I’ve only thought about the state championships this year. Then I’ll take the rest as it comes.”
The NSW Combined High School Championships will be held from September 3-5.
Mitchell Hanshaw, of Blackett, is a promising young triple jumper.