Hodgson hurdling towards success at regional athletics meet

Sally Hodgson, 16, is hoping to medal in all of her events at the Athletics Regionals in February.
Sally Hodgson, 16, is hoping to medal in all of her events at the Athletics Regionals in February. Luka Kauzlaric

OVERCOMING competitors is hard enough for most athletes, needing to run, jump or throw faster, higher or further.

Sally Hodgson has another obstacle in her way when she takes to the track.

She is one of a breed who enjoys hurdling ahead of the simplicity of sprints alone.

The 16-year-old has had a lot of success with her favourite event too, medalling a number of times at regional carnivals in the hurdles, as well as achieving the same mark of brilliance with the sprinting events as well.

"I get medals in most events and I picked up a gold a few times," Sally said.

"I train here twice a week for both sprints and hurdles."

Part of a team of 30-plus heading to Bundaberg in February 8 and 9 for the regional carnival this season, Sally will be one of the oldest in the Gladstone contingent, and also has a vast array of experience at the level.

With her sixth visit to the regional stage this time around, Sally is quietly confident of her chances.

"My age group sometimes there is no one who comes, other times there is a huge amount of people," she said.

"It is hard to say, but I am hoping to get a few personal bests on the tartan track.

"My aim is to get medals in every event," she said.

While she is practising for the major part on the grassed oval of the Gladstone TAFE, the Bundaberg track will be a welcome change of venue for Sally, as it will with everyone from the local club.

Leading Gladstone's chances and towing in her wake representatives from the age of seven up to 16, Sally will need to finish top four in her events to make the state level, held in Cairns on March 21, 22 and 23.

She believes that any success will be made easier by the nature of the tartan surface.

"The track will be nice and smooth and fast," she smiled.



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