Qual­i­fy­ing for Rio a hur­dle Pittman hopes to over­come

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

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The two-time world cham­pion and four-time Com­mon­wealth cham­pion hur­dler be­came one of the first women to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in both the sum­mer and win­ter Olympics when she joined for­mer track train­ing part­ner Astrid Rad­jen­ovic as part of the Aus­tralian women’s bob­sleigh team in 2014.

But her sights are now firmly set back on her first love – track – and at­tempt­ing to qual­ify for Rio.

It is likely she will com­pete at the na­tional ti­tles in March for a spot in next year’s Olympics. “It’s rocky. This is not go­ing to be an easy feat but we will do our best.”

With Home­bush closed for resur­fac­ing, Pittman has looked closer to home for a quiet place to train.

“This (BISP) is a great fa­cil­ity and, now that Home- bush is closed, you’re go­ing to get quite a lot of ath­letes com­ing out here.”

Pittman is work­ing with well-known ath­let­ics coach Mike Hurst and tech­ni­cal hur­dles coach Andy Bur­ton but cred­its her mum as her se­cret to jug­gling her pas­sions.

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