At 12:30 am Monday morning Australia time Jaylah Hancock Cameron lined up with the world elite to contest the second leg of the 1500m. She ran second in the first leg behind the Kenyan world champion and now had to line up once more in the cross country event to determine the final placings for what is a combined race. The track was 800m of twists and turns over very uneven surface making it a challenge in itself let alone having to compete with the world elite as well. Having placed 2nd in the 1500m and 4th in the cross country Jaylah Hancock-Cameron earned herself a very well deserved combined 2nd/silver ending the meet with two PB's as well
Above: Jaylah with her incredibly proud coach (L) and mum (with tiger)
Video: Athletics Australia Oct 15th 2018 Shortly after this interview it was confirmed 🥈for Jaylah Hancock-Cameron. She placed 2nd in the 1500m and 4th in the cross country for a combined 2nd/silver in the Youth Olympics in Argentina. Amazing performance by team Jaylah and coach Andae Kalemusic.
Audio: Jaylah Hancock-Cameron speaking with Daniel Doodyof ABC South East Radio October 17th, 2018. Recorded under Fair Dealing All copy right remains with ABC
To celebrate her niece and focus encouragement Jaylah’s very proud aunt Trina James started a Facebook page to report on Jaylah’s progress being kept up to date via her sister, Jaylah’s mum Leanne who was on the spot in Argentina. “Leanne was having a hard time with time differences and so many to communicate with so it was my way of helping out and keeping everyone in the loop,” Trina told the Beagle “The social media page was a great success with so much community support . The community has really gotten behind the family over the past years as Jaylah’s accomplishments were becoming apparent and recognised”. “Without that, they could not have done it” “The well wishes, the many posts of encouragement, the hoorays of her first race, the very strong support and positive messages were all read by Jaylah, her mum and her coach Ande”. “Thank you to the community for getting behind Jaylah and this awesome achievement. And a very big thank you to coach Ande for everything she has done for both Leanne and Jay and also a very big thankyou to Ande’s husband Zdenko for going over and keeping our girls safe”.