Over the weekend 14 year old Jaylah Hancock-Cameron from Broulee ran sixth in 2:10.01 in the women’s 800m on day two of the 120th NSW Track and Field Championships running against such talent as Rio Olympian, Anneliese Rubie.
Above: Fourteen year old Jaylah (in the yellow top) in sixth place amongst a star studded field on day two of the 120th NSW Track and Field Championships. Photo Athletics NSW with permission
The win comes after hard training and a swag of earlier wins that the humble Jaylah keeps close to her chest. At home and at school she is just one of the kids but on the field she is absolutely focused on her lane and the absolute knowledge that she can run like the wind. In early February 2017 she attended the NSW Junior & Youth Championships in Sydney and came away with FIRST place in the Women 800 Metre U16 with a time of 2:12.91
The following day she lined up for the Women 1500 Metre U16 and blitzed the field for a second recording a time of 4:44.25 Adding to the excitement of the event was the fact that the Saturday afternoon session was being Live Streamed via the AthleticsNSW Facebook Page to the delight of family and friends.
Above: screen shots of the FIRST place in the Women 800 Metre U16 with a time of 2:12.91 Photos: Athletics NSW with permission
Though her career to date has gone under the radar in the Eurobodalla winning is not new to Jaylah and her name is well known across the State. As far back as October 2011 Jaylah was representing the South Coast when she competed in the Junior 800m at the NSW State Athletics carnival. In September last year she took out the State 800m Championships in her age group in 2:13:47 during the SOPAC - Homebush CHS State Championships 2016-17 This article is released with kind permission celebrating the commitment, dedication and accomplishments of an otherwise quiet achiever.