Emily Bass with coach Neil McCoy after winning the under-16 200m hurdles at the Queensland Junior Championships.
Emily Bass with coach Neil McCoy after winning the under-16 200m hurdles at the Queensland Junior Championships. Contributed

Talented athlete hurdles to titles win at state champs

EMILY Bass took one little step towards her dream to represent Australia in hurdles with victory in the under-16 women's 200m at the Queensland Junior Championships on Sunday.

The Scots PGC College Year 10 student who hails from Dirranbandi was competing for the Glennie Athletics Club at the Queensland State Athletics Centre in Brisbane.

She won with a personal best time of 30.02 seconds.

Bass first competed in hurdles for the Dirranbandi Little Athletics Centre in the under-6 age group.

Last year, she was fourth overall in the U16 hurdles at the state secondary school championships after coming second at Darling Downs.

Bass is taken to Toowoomba by Scots PGC staff twice weekly to train under coach Neil McCoy.

"I have improved a couple of seconds since last year," Bass said. "My coach says we will also train for 400 hurdles metres at the end of this year."

During the Christmas school holidays, she fine tuned her form on the family property at Dirranbandi over four hurdles.

"I trained three to four days a week on the grass," Bass said.

She needs to reduce her personal best time to 29.5 this year to make an Australian talent squad.

Bass has been selected in a Queensland talent squad and will compete in the national titles in Perth on March 12-17.

"My aim at the nationals will be to make it to the final," Bass said.

The Scots PGC athlete is inspired by Olympic hurdles gold medallist Sally Pearson.

"I thought she could win gold in London and she did," Bass said.

Last year, Bass represented Darling Downs in touch footy and athletics.

She also plays basketball and hockey at Scots PGC.



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