Vaulter eyes top spots

POLE vaulter Emily Crawford has her eyes fixed on more medal success at next month's Australian Junior Athletics Championships.

Emily, 16, of Greenway Park, will represent NSW against the top pole vaulters in the nation.

The championships are from March 12 to 16 at Sydney Olympic Park.

She will also compete in the NSW open championships from February 28 to March 2.

"My aim is to do the best I can at the Australian junior championships," Emily said.

Emily said there will be a dozen competitors competing in her age group.

The 181 centimetre tall teenager enters the event in good form after winning a gold medal at the recent NSW Juniors Championships.

And mother Lorraine said her daughter had grown a few more centimetres in recent months.

Emily admitted she had a low key training approach before the NSW juniors triumph.

"I didn't over-train for the event," she said.

"I was happy to win the gold medal and now I am training to get ready for the Australian titles."

In fact, she has reduced her weekly training from six sessions to four.

The other two training sessions are now at home confined to gym work for strength training.

The year 11 student at John Edmondson High School, Horningsea Park, only switched to pole vaulting two years ago after initially competing in track and field events.

Emily is a member of the Seahawks club at Sydney Olympic Park and is coached by Hungarian mentor Zsuzsanna Olgyay-Szabo.

Training partner Janina Strauts has also been helping with her techniques for competition.

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