A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to travel to Darwin and represent South Australia in the Australian School Sports Track and Field Championships.
I was selected for this team after receiving a gold medal in high jump at the South Australian School Sports Track and Field Carnival earlier this year.
After some fundraising, where I received great support from the local community and businesses and lots of trips to Adelaide for Training, I travelled to Darwin with 65 other South Australian athletes aged 10-12 where we attended an opening ceremony, three days of competition, an Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise and a fun activity day to conclude with a closing ceremony. I competed in three events, 4 x 100 metre relay, shot put and my main event high jump for the 11-year-old boys age group.
With the help of my coaches Aaron Toome and initially Shane Packard I went away feeling very confident.
I competed well in all events but was most proud of my high jump where I equalled my personal best and finished in the top eight, this making me a finalist.
It astounded me that my personal best jumping height could be so competitive at a national competition and I came away very proud of what I had achieved.
This experience meant so much to me and to do it all while proudly wearing my state colours, competing at a national standard and making lifelong friends was truly amazing and something I will always treasure.