BATHURST’S Jacinta Windsor, 15, is all smiles after scoring a big medal haul from her recent trip to Canada as part of the Sports Travel Australia Track And Field Athletics Program.
The Mackillop College student picked up two gold medals in 200 metres, a gold in her pet 100m event and a record-breaking 4x100m relay victory over the two meetings held across British Columbia.
The events at Kelowna and Vancouver gave Windsor the opportunity to compete not only again other athletes from across Australia but international competitors as well.
“I went across there through NSW All Schools. I went alright there so I got the letter from my school asking if I wanted to go,” Windsor said.
“I had no idea what the competition would be like. I thought just to experience it all would be great. I was so happy to win these medals though.”
Along with her stunning gold medal collection Windsor also picked up a third in triple jump and fourth in long jump at the opening Kelowna event.
The relay victory was a memorable one for Windsor and her team as the under 16s and 17s group broke the open women’s relay record (under 18s and 19s) with a time of 50.46.
At Vancouver Windsor unfortunately missed out on doubling up in the 100m due to a disqualification but managed a triple jump silver and long jump bronze to go with her 200m gold.
“At the first event when I won my heat for 100m I thought ‘Whoa, maybe I can actually do alright here’ and that was true for that carnival,” Windsor said.
“I was told that the second carnival would be harder but it turned out alright.
“It was great to be competing in another country and I made some great friends while I was over there.
“Visiting exciting places of interest and being par of a different culutre was invaluable.”
Windsor earned the trip on the back of her strong 100m and 200m performances at last year’s NSW All Schools carnival.
The next challenge for Windsor? Reaching the national level.
“This year I really want to get to the Australian All Schools carnival. I made it to the NSW one last year and just missed out on making it to the Australian one,” she said.
“My main competition at the moment is Sydney-based. It gets really tough around there.”
Windsor puts down a lot of her success to the work of her coach Kate Lynch.
This year’s NSW All Schools Athletics Championship will be held from September 27 to 30.