Nathalia's Caitlin Hawks has won a silver medal in the under 20s 400m hurdle event at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney.JESS CRAIG March 27, 2014 4:04am
Caitlin Hawks can clear a hurdle just as fast as anyone.
The 18 year-old Nathalia student recently competed at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney, where she placed second in the 400m hurdle event.
The feat means she is now the second fastest under 20s hurdler in Australia.
It’s a result Hawks is pleased with, having also secured her personal best at the championships.
‘‘I ran it in 1:01.58 and my PB before that was 1:02, so I took a second off it,’’ she said.
While the time was solid, Hawks just missed out on qualifying for the World Junior Championships in the US.
But she is not letting her focus slip.
‘‘I’ve got another year in juniors, so I’m hoping to qualify next year,’’ she said.
Hawks began her hurdling career in Little Athletics in Nathalia. After finishing with the group in under 15s, she started training with Shepparton coach Roy Minchel.
‘‘Roy coached me until late last year and this year I started going down to Melbourne where I’m training with (former Olympian) Pam Ryan,’’ Hawks said.
‘‘She’s a hurdle-specific coach and I go down once a week.
‘‘I’m also competing in Melbourne, with Essendon Athletic.’’
Receiving plenty of support from her family and friends means that Hawks can focus on her hurdling goals.
‘‘Mum and Dad (Fran and Neale) drive me everywhere and they’re really supportive
Hawks will finish her VCE at St Mary of the Angels Nathalia this year and will look to move to Melbourne to continue her training.
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