As her two leading events were javelin and high jump during her little athletics years, it seemed inevitable Alysha Burnett would become a heptathlete. Aged 16 she made a very impressive international debut at the 2013 IAAF World Youth (U18) Championships where she placed fifth in the heptathlon. In 2013 already those two preferred individual events were shining with bests of 1.82m (high jump) and 43.17m (javelin). But the next year, her long jump developed to an extraordinary level, as the now 17-year-old leapt 6.34m. She scored 5476 points in the heptathlon with senior implements. In her last year as a junior, she placed 15th at the 2016 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Alysha’s first year (2017) in the seniors has been very special. She won the national title, a silver medal at the 2017 World University Games and scored over 5800 points in all her three competitions. Her new PB of 5835 points set at Taipei, lifted her to number 11 on the Australian All-time list and was the highest score by an Australian for nine years.
Individual events were on the rise, she had reached 1.86m (high jump), 25.40 (200m), 14.27 (100 hurdles), 48.71m (javelin), 13.43m (shot) and was regularly around 6.10-20m in the long jump.
During the 2017/18 domestic season the event was on the rise significantly in Australia. At the trials five of the six athletes with B Commonwealth Games qualifier competed, while another two new athletes achieved the standard (5600) at the Australian championships. Burnett placed third with 5699 in a low scoring championship and was later named on the Commonwealth Games team.
Her coach, Zsuzsanna Olgyay-Szabo is a former Hungary international pole vaulter. Alysha likes gardening, guinea pigs and taking her dogs Lucy and Nina to the beach. She is studying a Bachelor of sport and exercise science at Australian Catholic University, Sydney.