The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

TURN the clock back to 2004 and the Vic­to­rian re­gional city of Bendigo was where an emerg­ing cham­pion took to the blocks.

The sec­ond edi­tion of the Youth Com­mon­wealth Games was tak­ing place and Gold Coast 17-year-old Sally Pear­son, then McLel­lan, was a starter in the 100m hur­dles.

A tal­ented un­der­age ath­lete, Pear­son had come off a win at the 2003 world youth cham­pi­onships and her first se­nior Aus­tralian team at the world cham­pi­onships in Paris.

Pear­son lived up to her pre-race favouritism in Bendigo and won the race in a Games Record of 14.11 sec­onds.

This com­pe­ti­tion would be­come a launch­ing pad into Com­mon­wealth hur­dles com­pe­ti­tion for Pear­son.

Two years later in Mel­bourne she rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at her first Com­mon­wealth Games.

It was a bit­ter­sweet ex­pe­ri­ence for the teenager trip­ping in the 100m hur­dles fi­nal be­fore be­ing part of the women’s 4x100m re­lay team that won bronze.

Pear­son would go on to win gold in her pet hur­dles event at the next two edi­tions of the Com­mon­wealth Games in Delhi 2010 and Glas­gow 2014.

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