Hurdler eyes world titles

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Justin FrisGeraldton Guardian

Promising youth hurdler Imogen Perejuan has recently returned home after a solid showing at the Go for 2 and 5 WA All Schools Championships in Perth.

She began the event by taking part in the under-16s 200m hurdles final, where she picked up bronze — a prized medal, considering she only entered the event for a bit of fun.

She also won bronze in the under-14s 80m hurdles, along with taking seventh place in the under-14s 200m final.

Unfortunately for Imogen, her age group was the only division in which only the top two qualified for the national championships — unlike other age groups at the event.

WA Athletics was contacted in a bid to provide clarification on this particular ruling, however did not respond. Imogen, a Mid West Academy of Sport scholarship holder, attributed her good performances to training under Geraldton Little Athletics coach Jacko Whitby.

“It was good to see all of the training pay off,” she said.

“She’s very flexible,” Whitby said.

“She’s had lots of good speed in the lead-up to the event and she’s a tough little cookie.

“Most hurdlers also need to be good sprinters as well — and fortunately for Imogen, she has got both of these skills.

“The amount of work she does in the gym is phenomenal.”

For Imogen, her family and Whitby, the hours and miles are long given so many trips to and from Perth are required for competition.

Despite this, she is determined to further her career in athletics.

“I would like to qualify for the world youth and junior athletics championships in the future,” she said.

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