WONTHAGGI North Primary student Nicola Slade will jet off to Brisbane later this week to take part in the 12 Years and Under Australian Track and Field Championships.
Nicola will represent Victoria at the championships which will be held at the Queensland Sports and Aquatic Centre in Brisbane.
The Grade 4 student will contest the 9/10 year-old high jump event, after finishing third in the state recently clearing 1.27 metres.
Nicola will depart with her father Raymond for the Sunshine State on Friday, with her competition scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
“I’m very excited,” Nicola said last week. I love jumping over the bar; high jump is my favourite event out of all of them.”
As well as her involvement with Wonthaggi Little Aths, the 10 year-old has also been under the tutelage of Leongatha-based coach David Green – who is the coach of World Youth Games gold medallist Eleanor Patterson.
Nicola has been training twice a week with Green at Leongatha and Casey Fields – continuing to train with an injured wrist which should be OK come Saturday.
As well as the opportunity to represent Victoria – only 100 students from around the state will attend – Nicola is eager for a theme park trip with her teammates on Monday.
“I also get to go to Dreamworld and I’m looking forward to going on the Cyclone, Pandamonium and the Wipeout rides,” Nicola said.
Nicola’s family, school community and the Wonthaggi Little Aths combined to sell and buy raffle tickets, helping raise $800 to make the trip to the championships a possibility.
Wonthaggi North Primary School students will also hold a Pyjama Day this week to raise further funds in support of their classmate.