Christian College congratulates Year 11 student, Tess Kirsopp-Cole on winning the National U18 400m race recently.
For Tess to achieve this outstanding success is an incredible feet, considering where she has come from. Back in November 2015, Tess competed in the Leighdale Jumping competition on her horse Erney when he ‘bolted’. Tess was thrown off and knocked out on impact. She had an episode of seizuring due to swelling on the brain and was immediately admitted to Emergency at Geelong Hospital.
Tess was admitted to the children’s ward for X-rays and brain scans, which confirmed brain swelling and bruising.
Tess was eventually discharged and told to have complete rest for 6 week.
Tess’s love of running couldn’t keep her bed ridden for long, so she returned to the track. Unfortunately she experienced dizzy spells after running only 100m. Tess did not listen to the doubters and was still determined to go to the State Titles which were less than 2 months away.
She trained extremely hard every day and against all odds, at the State Track Titles in early February Tess won the 400m race with a time of 55.98.
Before this, there was no expectation that she would have made qualifying times to make Nationals. This win enabled Tess to focus on the U18 400m title at the Nationals.
Going into the Nationals, Tess would have been happy just to do a PB, but in the final, not only got her PB, but won by 3 metres ahead of her closest rival in a time of 55.51.
Tess is looking forward to trying to qualify for the World Juniors 400m race, as well as the relay team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and hopefully the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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