IT WASN’T that long ago that Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Leongatha’s Eleanor Patterson was learning her high jumping craft at Little Athletics on Saturday mornings.
She visited Wonthaggi Little Athletics on Saturday morning to meet, greet and inspire the youngsters, as well as sign autographs and join in for photos.
Eleanor also answered some excellent questions from the children.
From these questions, Eleanor, 19, said she started Little Aths when she was nine, has a PB in high jump of 196cm, her favourite events were high jump, long jump, triple jump and hurdles (“Anything that involved jumping”), and she trains 12 times a week, but only twice high jumping.
Sprints, gym and core strengthening were also part of her regime.
She mostly trains on ovals in Leongatha, prompting calls from the Little Aths coordinators for a dedicated athletics track in this region.
Eleanor encouraged the children to be consistent with their training and work hard.
Asked about a role model, Eleanor said she respected all athletes because of the work they put in, but particularly admired those who are humble.
Eleanor, who finished eighth at the World Championships in Beijing this year, has jumped the required height to qualify for the Olympics in Rio next year, and just needs to win an event to seal the deal.
Eleanor gave out dozens of autographs. There were 101 registered athletes there on Saturday for the multi-event program, which gives children a taste of the multi-disciplined events. For adults, these are known as the heptathlon and decathlon.
Junior athletes only do five events for the day.
Overall results will be announced in the coming weeks.
Wonthaggi Little Aths’ girls’ relay teams were successful last weekend with the Under 10 and Under 11 teams progressing to the State Championships in Melbourne in two weeks’ time.
A reminder that this week’s event is at Casey Fields in Cranbourne.
It’s a great opportunity for athletes to experience a synthetic track. There is no meet this Saturday at Wonthaggi.
New members are most welcome.
Contact Danielle on 0409 332 052 or Ray on 0428 783 310 or visit the Wonthaggi Little Athletics Facebook page.
Athletes to achieve 5PBs on Saturday were:
U8 Boys: Jeremy Kelly, High jump, Turbo Javelin, 100m, 70m, 80m hurdles
U9 Boys: Archie Terlich Long Jump, Discus, 100m, 800m, 80m hurdles
Athletes to set four PBs were:
U7 Boys: Jack Howell, Turbo Javelin, 100m, 70m, 80m hurdles
U8 Boys: Jake Marotta, Turbo Javelin, 100m, High Jump, 80m hurdles; Max Pugh, Turbo Javelin, 100m, 70m, 80m hurdles
U11 Girls: Georgia Dakin, Long Jump, 100m, 800m, 80m hurdles
U12 Boys: Dylan Susic, Discus, 100m, 800m, 80m hurdles
U13 Girls: Kasey Herrington, Long Jump, Shot Put, 100m, 800m
U15 Girls: Cassie Fallaw, Long Jump, Discus, 100m, 800m.
Eleanor inspires little athletes