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Jaylah Hancock - Cameron: South Coast sportsperson of the year

Jaylah Hancock - Cameron is the 2022 beagle South Coast sportsperson of the Year. The annual award by The Beagle recognises the talents of our South Coast sports men and women. This year saw Jaylah once again shine on the National stage in her 800m and 1500m events before setting sail to the United Kingdom as part of the Australian U/23 UK tour. No stranger to representing Australia, having done so in the Oceania Games and in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina this year saw Jaylah Hancock-Cameron make her mark at the England Athletics U20 and U23 Championships incorporating World Junior Trials.

Over the years, this championship has played host to various national teams on tour, and this time it was the Australians who took advantage of that invite. Jaylah, representing Australia (and Broulee), took the gold in the U23 women’s 1500m race in 4:16.37 easing away from Alexandra Millard in the final 150 in what was a really exciting race that saw Millard do everything she could to shake off her Australian rival. Jaylah then captured a Silver. Alas the legendary Khanisa Mhlanga produced a great final 60 metres to overhaul Australia’s Jaylah Hancock-Cameron to win in 4:20.65. England Athletics said of the event "The nation’s best athletes made their way to Bedford keen to show everybody they have a new generation ready and raring to go. Athletes in the U23 age group stepped up to take national titles, while younger new-to-the-top-level competitors made sure the selectors knew what they’re all about. This championship is always about making a mark and that’s exactly how day one unfolded." And in the middle of it all was Jaylah Hancock-Cameron and a handful of other invited Australians keen to show the English why next generation Australian athletes should be taken very seriously at future Commonwealth games. Adding to a string of official events Jaylah also managed to pick up a gold medal at the Irish Life Health National Combined Events Championships and AAI Games that took place in Tullamore stadium, west of Dublin over Saturday 23rd July and Sunday 24th July, 2022. Jaylah added to her win the week before with another First in the 1500m. Congratulations Jaylah. In other sporting news 2EC reports that Dalmeny snowboarder, Valentino Guseli, was named the 2022 NSW Young Athlete of the Year.


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