Patterson does it again

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Patterson does it again

Off to Ukraine: Leongatha high jumper Eleanor Patterson is off to the World Youth Athletics Championships in July. She is pictured with coach David Green.

TWO titles at the 2013 Australian Junior Athletics Championships last week has given Leongatha’s Eleanor Patterson automatic selection in the Australian team for the World Youth Athletics Championships.

With six qualifying performances under her belt already, the win in the Under 18 Women’s High Jump gave the 16 year old the spot.

The competition was tense with three other athletes, two from Queensland and one from New South Wales having already achieved the 1.78m world youth qualifying standard.

By the time Eleanor entered the competition at 1.75m, a height that she cleared with ease, the favoured New South Wales athlete McDermott, had failed at the previous height, departing the competition.

Eleanor cleared the next height of 1.78m at her first attempt as did the remaining two athletes on their subsequent attempts. With the bar now at 1.82m, Patterson’s first attempt clearance was enough to take the win and guarantee her place in the Australian team bound for Ukraine.

Not content with the height, Patterson raised the bar and cleared heights at 1.84m and 1.86m before stumbling at 1.88m.

Two days later Patterson continued her dominance in the juniors taking out the Under 20 Women’s High Jump event.

The conditions were terrible this time, with Perth having recorded the wettest March 14 in history with 26mm of rain falling.

The track was flooded and with no drainage the officials were kept busy trying to sweep water from the runway.

Such is Patterson’s dominance her opening height was enough to ensure a competition win.

She cleared heights at 1.79m and 1.82m before setting the bar at 1.88m.

Eleanor’s second attempt was huge with plenty of clearance but her feet knocked the bar off.

Patterson was joined by 11 other South Coast Athletes including training partner, 15 year old Claire Jobling.

Earlier on the Thursday Jobling took out a bronze medal on a count back in the Under 17 Women’s High Jump competition with a personal best jump of 1.71m.

It was a tight competition with three athletes fighting it out.

This was a terrific effort from Jobling who has battled a hip injury for the last eight weeks. The future certainly looks bright for this very talented athlete.

Similar to Jobling, Leongatha local, Benjamin Green has been battling injury in the lead up to the national titles but performed well enough to secure the silver medal in the Men’s Under 16 Pole vault competition with a vault of 3.35m.

Fourteen year old Wesley Graeme competed on day three of competition in the Men’s Under 16 High Jump.

Wes cleared his opening height of 1.75m before progressing to clear at 1.79m, 1.83m and 1.87m.

Competition was fierce with seven athletes still in contention at 1.87m.

The bar was set to 1.90m, which Wes cleared on his first attempt securing himself the silver medal and a new personal best performance.

After a three day break Wes then competed in the Men’s Under 16 Long Jump but was disappointed to finish with three ‘no jumps’.

One of the youngest competitors in the Victorian team and the youngest competitor in the Under 14 Women’s Pole Vault, 11 year old Kyla Green placed for fourth.

Kyla cleared a height 1.90m just short of her personal best of 1.95m.

Meeniyan’s all round athlete, Ruby Martin competed on Thursday evening in less than favourable cool conditions.

In her Victorian Team debut Ruby placed tenth in the Women’s U/14 Triple Jump competition with a 9.62m effort.

There will be plenty more Victorian appearances to come from this developing young athlete.

The Under 18 and 17 5000m Race Walk event was combined and South Coast had two athletes, Stephanie George and Jasmine Irshad representing their state.

Stephanie walked well to place 5th in a time of 26.43.31min but unfortunately Jasmine withdrew from the race at the 3km mark.

While we acknowledge the wonderful efforts by our outstanding local athletes, we mustn’t forget the efforts of their coach, David Green.

To have so many athletes competing at such a high level is outstanding accomplishment and testament to his training program.

On return from Perth Eleanor will resume her training with coach, David Green before they both join Eleanor’s fellow Australian team mates for a pre-departure camp in June.

The World Youth Championships will be held in Donestk, Ukraine with Eleanor’s High Jump Qualifying competition starting on July 10 and the final on July 12 2013.

To assist Eleanor with the costs associated with the event a fundraiser Hypnotist/Comedy night will be held on April 20 at the Leongatha Memorial Hall.

Tickets are $25 – BYO drinks and supper.

Please contact Helen Patterson 5662 4797 or Lyndall Green 0488 623 636 for tickets.

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