Fab four excel in Caloundra
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.