Triple jumper con­fi­dent

HAN­SHAW LOOKS FOR­WARD TO CHS TI­TLES AF­TER CANADA TOUR

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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.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Mitchell Han­shaw, of Black­ett, is a promis­ing young triple jumper.

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