Ready to leap into the record books

POLE vaulter Emily Crawford wants to leap as high as she can at the National All Schools titles in Townsville.

The Greenway Park girl has come from the clouds in the past two years since switching from other track and field events.

At the recent NSW All Schools titles held at Sydney Olympic Park, Emily, 15, won the gold medal in her age group, bursting down the runway and leaping 3.20 metres.

The gold medal victory qualifies her for the National All Schools at Townsville from December 6-8.

The former member of the Austral-based Western Blues Little Athletics Club now trains at Sydney Olympic Park as a member of the Seahawks club.

The Seahawks include 14 elite junior pole vaulters under the tutelage of Hungarian coach Zsuzsanna Olgyay-Szabo.

Olgyay-Szabo is a former European indoor champion and experienced coach with a good track record in developing young talent.

“Zsuzsanna is a great coach who has helped bring out the best in me,” Emily said.

The year 10 student at John Edmondson High School, Horningsea Park is committed to her sport, making the long trip to Sydney Olympic Park by train five days a week.

“We train six days a week including Saturdays, it’s a lot of hard work but I reckon it’s worth it,” Emily said. “It’s something I enjoy.”

The teenager said it’s around 8pm before she gets home weekdays after training sessions which include track work, gym and gymnastics.

“Then it’s time for some homework,” Emily said.

She said being long-legged had been helpful in becoming a pole vaulter.


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