Author: Georgia Winkcup
With the New South Wales All Schools Championships starting this Thursday the 12th of October, athletes are turning their attention towards the upcoming races, and no one more so than Teah Macpherson.
Teah is currently in year 11 at the Hunter Sports High School. Amongst her study and extra curricular commitments, her strength and sprints coach Lee Clark, alongside her hurdles coach Trevor Height, have been working hard to help her into the best form she could hope for. Boasting an assortment of remarkable PBs, including 13.91s in the 100m hurdles, 12.08s in the 100m and 24.61 in the 200m, Teah will definitely be the one to beat this weekend.
Teah began her involvement in the sport at the age of just 6.
“I started out in athletics when I was 6 years old. I have always been an active kid and just loved sport! Athletics has always been in my heart; I have just loved it ever since I first started.”
With such a love for the sport and an understanding of all that it takes to achieve success, Teah has aspired to follow in the footsteps of the best that the sport has to offer. Remarkably, in a deeply technical event like the hurdles, it becomes all the more important to watch and learn from those who do it best.
“My Inspiration is Sally Pearson. I love Sally. She is just amazing at what she does and through her dedication and determination it really inspires me to never give up and chase your dreams. Especially for me as a young hurdler it’s so inspirational to see what Sally does, I look up to her and aspire to be like her! I also love Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, I like Shelly because she shows that no matter how tall you are, that small girls can achieve big things on the track. She has a big heart and shows to me that anything is truly possible if you put your mind to it and put in the hard work to get where you want to be.”
With an appreciation for her event and her own potential there may be no stopping this young athlete in the not too distant future. Over her last 12 years in the sport, Teah has not only acquired incredibly cherished memories, but also a strong group of friends with whom she can share a love of her sport. As Teah clearly understands the social and competitive potential of the sport, she uses this to motivate her to fully reach her potential and her dream of wearing the green and gold out on the track.
“I’ve been actively involved in athletics for 12 years. Along the way I have made so many cherishable memories and have made so many lifelong friends from all over the country- and even some international athletics friends! That is one of the main reasons why I just love the sport of athletics. It’s such a fun and friendly environment both on and off the track. To have made so many friends in this sport makes me feel so happy and lucky to be a part of such a fantastic sport. I’ve been given many opportunities to represent my state at national events and hope to one day represent my country in athletics in the green and gold!”
Over the last 12 years, Teah has built up a lengthy list of achievements. With the 2017 New South Wales All Schools beginning on Thursday the 12th, and after having won gold in the 200m hurdles, sliver in the 100m and 4th in the 100m hurdles and 200m in the 2016 Championships, she will be the one to beat this year.
In 2016, she managed to receive her first national medal in the 200m hurdles at the Australian Youth and Junior Championships.
“I have represented NSW in Athletics for 6 years. Over the years I have achieved many of my personal goals and simply just love competing with athletes from all over Australia. To get the opportunity to compete with the best of the best is amazing! One of my most memorable moments was to win my first individual national medal in Perth Last year.”
Building up from this, Teah, just one year later in 2017, managed to better this by winning 4 medals at the 2017 Australian Youth and Juniors in Championships Sydney.
“I was so happy and excited to win a Bronze Medal in the 100m Hurdles, 100m and the 200m and to be a part of the 4x100m relay to win silver! It was one of my best athletic achievements so far.”
With All Schools being a mere stepping stone towards the 2017 Australian Championships in Adelaide, Teah will be looking to build upon her success at the National All Schools Championships in 2016.
“I was lucky enough to represent my school and NSW at the Australian All Schools Championships in Canberra in the 100m and the 200m Hurdles. I was so excited to have placed 4th in the 100m Final with a new PB at the time of 12.12 and a Silver medal in the 200m Hurdles.”
When looking towards her aims for the New South Wales All Schools, Teah has restructured her physical and mental preparation in order to give her the best chance to achieve her goals.
“At All Schools this year, I have set some personal goals for myself in the 100m Hurdles, 100m and the 200m. I have been working on some different areas of the 100m Hurdles. I have recently made some significant changes to my race plan, switching my lead leg over the 100m sprint hurdles. Therefore, I hope to put all my challenging work and training into race action and hope that it pays off.”
Off the track, Teah manages to spend her spare time relaxing with family and friends and developing her love for health and beauty.
“Athletics plays a very large part in my life. Although in my spare time, my number one favourite thing to do is spend time with my friends and family. I love going to the beach and going shopping, I’m a bit of a girly girl. I spend lots of time researching the latest trends in health and beauty remedies and I’m always practicing new hairstyles that I do on myself for when I’m racing. – I love doing hair! At every track meet I have a different hairstyle, I just love creating different track hairstyles.”
With such astonishing success in the past, and the mental and physical ingredients for victory, there is no doubt that Teah has the potential to run in the green and gold in the not too distant future.
“My ultimate goal in athletics is to one day represent my country in the green and gold! To go to the Olympics would be just amazing, a dream come true! I hope to achieve all the personal goals that I set for myself in athletics and just to be the best athlete that I can be. I love this sport so much, and I hope to one-day give back to the sport by taking on coaching roles coaching younger children and give them the knowledge that I have learnt through athletics back to them, ‘To Never Give Up’ You can achieve anything if your put your mind to it.”
We have no doubt that Teah, as an incredibly motivated and focused athlete, has all that is needed to achieve her goals and do our country proud. With All Schools beginning tomorrow, and her calculated preparation, Teah is no doubt going to shine on the track and inevitably build towards future success.