Chloe’s top award
By JOSH BARTLETT
Bega District News
17 Jun, 2011
TATHRA’S Chloe Jamieson continues to strengthen her reputation in athletics.
Chloe won the Track and Field Most Outstanding Athlete – Under 18 Female Award at the Athletics ACT 2010/11 awards presentation recently.
The 17-year-old currently holds a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra and said the award was based on her victory at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in March.
“It’s a proud achievement; I was surprised but really happy,” Chloe said.
“I did some hard work leading up to the nationals so it was a good reward.”
Chloe’s strong performance at the event advanced her chances at booking
a position in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championships to be held in Lille, France next month.
She won gold in the girls’ U/18 400m hurdles in a time of 60.37 seconds.
Running from lane four, Chloe showed strength running into the wind to hold on for victory.
Chloe completed her final preparations by participating at a pre-departure camp for the youth championships at Townsville last week.
“It was a competition and also a chance to get to know each other,” Chloe said.
She competed on Friday afternoon and achieved an IAAF qualifying time, a solid achievement after missing three weeks of competition because of an injury scare, to consolidate her spot in the world youth championships.
“I had a little bit of a calf strain but it was nothing serious,” Chloe said.
“Living at AIS has helped me get to where I am; my preparation has been going really well.”
Chloe said she was looking forward to the championships.
“I head off on July 1 and my heat is on July 6 so I’m very excited,” she said.
“It’s my first proper international championship.
“I did a tour of New Zealand last year but this is my first world competition.
“It’s a bit nerve-wracking; the new experiences will be great but I’m not going to be used to it.”
Chloe trains under the guidance of Australian Institute of Sport/Athletics Australia (AIS/AA) Target Talent Program Coach Matt Beckenham who competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
She has made impressive progress since joining the AIS Track and Field program earlier this year as a member of the AA National High Perform-ance Centre.
Chloe took up 400m hurdles in late 2009 after beating the Australian 200m hurdle record for her age group.
Her mum, Jo Jamieson, said “we’re very proud of Chloe and she has worked so hard”.