Little athletics gun Paige Duffy is currently on her way to Sydney for the Athletics Australia National Junior and Para Championships taking place between March 18 and 22 to compete in her three athletic forte events.
In a busy few weeks for the Sacred Heart Primary student Paige also competed for Yarrawonga Mulwala Little Athletics over the Labour Day long weekend at the State Championships in Melbourne where she competed in the high jump, triple jump and 80 metre hurdles.
Just prior to the championships in Melbourne she also won gold in all three of the aforementioned events at the Northern Country Championships in Shepparton to qualify for the State event.
Her best results came in February this year when she represented Wodonga Athletics Club at the Athletics Victoria State Junior and Para Track and Field Championships where she competed in the under 14 girls 80 metre hurdles and won a bronze medal, won silver in the triple jump and gold at the state championship in high jump.
By receiving these results she was eligible to represent Victoria at the championships in Sydney.
Paige’s Little Athletics coach in Albury Greg Simpson said it was amazing that Paige was reaching the heights she is so far.
“To go to Nationals in three events is a great achievement but to do it with a year left in under 14’s is exceptional,” Greg said.
“Nationals were not on the radar this year but after her state results and three podium finishes we couldn’t deny her the opportunity.”
Paige’s love of athletics has been brewing since she first competed in the Schoolgirls Burramine Gift at eight years old where she was just pipped at the post to come in second.
Standing on the podium sparked a light in the young girls athletic dreams and it is now an ambition of hers to one day become an Olympian.
Paige said she has a great love of athletics and would like to go further with it but she would not have been able to get to where she is now without the help of people within the community.
The Duffy family would like to thank Wheaton Chiropractic, Lyndon Hart Physiotherapy, both Yarrawonga Mulwala and Wodonga Little Athletics Clubs and Sacred Heart Primary and Secondary Schools for their support and encouragement alongside Burramine Sports Club, Lake Mulwala Hotel and Thales 259 Maxibon fund for their financial support in getting Paige to the National Championships.