Fab four ex­cel in Caloun­dra

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

HAV­ING had a taste of in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, teenage pole vaulter Lau­ren Hyde-Cool­ing has set her sights on an even big­ger stage: the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The 18-year-old Mt Pleas­ant res­i­dent, who has just re­turned from com­pet­ing in the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Fin­land, said it was ev­ery ath­lete’s dream to rep­re­sent their country at the Olympics.

To get there, she will need to leap at least 4.50m, 46cm higher than her cur­rent per­sonal best.

“I’ve had a lit­tle taste, so it would be good to be able to make it on to the Aus­tralian team at a se­nior level,” she said.

“I guess that’s the best you can do, that’s the high­est you can go.”

Hyde-Cool­ing de­scribed com­pet­ing at the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships as a great ex­pe­ri­ence, but was dis­ap­pointed with her per­for­mance.

She bowed out of the com­pe­ti­tion in Fin­land early af­ter clear­ing 3.65m.

“I didn’t com­pete the way I had hoped,” she said.

“I was bat­tling a lit­tle bit of a foot in­jury in the leadup but that’s def­i­nitely not an ex­cuse, I just didn’t re­ally have a good day out there.”

The young ath­lete was orig­i­nally in­ter­ested in dis­tance run­ning but af­ter a trial in the se­nior pole vault squad when she was 13 years old, the sport that has given us he­roes such as Steve Hooker, Ta­tiana Grig­orieva and Vicki and Liz Parnov quickly be­came her “thing”.

Hyde-Cool­ing will con­tinue train­ing for the 201819 do­mes­tic sea­son and is also hop­ing to com­pete at the World Ju­nior Games in Italy next year.

She said af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Santa Maria Col­lege only last year, she was still com­ing to grips with jug­gling train­ing six days a week, study and part-time work.

“It can be a bit hard to bal­ance it at first but if you can sur­round your­self with the right peo­ple and com­mu­ni­cate with ev­ery­one you need to, then it’s not so bad,” Hyde-Cool­ing said.

She said the best thing about be­ing an elite ath­lete was be­ing able to see your re­sults. FOUR tal­ented kids chopped up the com­pe­ti­tion at the Aus­tralian Karate Fed­er­a­tion Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Queens­land.

Jes Brom­ley (15), Jamie Kafet­zis (13), Lucca Barn­aba (11), and Teo Roberts (10) train to­gether at Brian Mackie’s Karate Life in Boor­a­goon and O’Connor.

Jes won a gold, sil­ver and two bronze, Jamie won gold, sil­ver and bronze, Lucca won gold, and Teo won a sil­ver and bronze.

The ti­tles were held in Caloun­dra on Au­gust 4 and 5, with more than 1000 com­peti­tors tak­ing part in the se­nior and ju­nior cat­e­gories.

Coach Basil Got­sis said the karate school sent a team of 13 stu­dents from Perth to the ti­tles, in­clud­ing nine from the Melville and Fre­man­tle area.

“We had 17 podium fin­ishes, in­clud­ing five gold, four sil­ver and eight bronze,” he said.

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