Coach: Gary Bourne
Event: High Jump
Cassie started high jumping in school using the conventual scissors technique. She was spotted by school coach Bailey Pashley, who also coached athletics outside of school. “He saw i had potential and wanted to see if i was interested in learning the flop,” recalled Purdon. She remained with him from 2011 until 2016, when she moved coach to Gary Bourne. In those early years Cassie also sprinted and was a swimmer.
In 2014 she placed second in the national under-20 high jump and was selected for the World Juniors where she placed an excellent fifth in the final. The next year, while still a junior, she was over an impressive PB of 1.88m. A couple of years of injury, were forgotten when at the 2018 Australian Championships and Commonwealth Games trials, she was a surprise winner with a clearance of 1.86m, securing automatic selection for the Games.
Her hobbies are reading and swimming and she is studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at Central Queensland University.
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