Coach: Brett Vallance
Event: 20km walk
She started little athletics at Brighton in under 8s. “I very quickly realised that I certainly had slow twitch muscle fibres, as I was absolutely shocking at any jumps and throws (couldn’t get over the high jump warm up height to save myself).” With her endurance capacity, she found her way to the walks. “I really enjoyed the challenge of such a technical endurance event.” In her teens she was recording impressive achievements, winning national junior/age titles. At aged 16, in 2014, she won the national junior/under-20 10000m walk title. The performance secured selection for the IAAF World Race Walking Championship where she performed admirably placing 12th in the 48-person field. In the team event Australia won bronze. “This was a very
special experience and I certainly remember some happy tears when we walked up onto the podium in our green and gold tracksuits and the medals were placed around our necks.” In 2015 she competed at the IAAF World Youth (U18) Championships and was again very competitive with 11th place and was honoured with a co-captain role. She resisted the graduation to the 20km walk, until December 2017, just two months before her twentieth birthday. She debuted with a Commonwealth Games qualifying mark of 1:34.18 and became the 17th fastest Australian in history. The next month, she sliced two minutes from her 10,000m track walk PB clocking 46:18.42. On to the Commonwealth Games trials and a week short of her twentieth birthday she was outstanding placing second in 1:31.26 (9th fastest all-time) and securing automatic selection for the Games.
Jemima is studying a Bachelor of Science with an immunology major at Melbourne Uni. She also works at The Fruit Box Group as a research assistant for their new Corporate Social Responsibility project, which delivers 40,000 free boxes of fruit, veg, milk and bread to food insecure families in Melbourne and Sydney.
Her hobbies include cooking for family/friends (see @wellnesswarriorz), musical instruments (classical on piano, jazz on trumpet), learning languages, travelling, public speaking/debating and braiding hair. Her height is 1.58m and has not changed since she was about 12. She admires Steve Solomon. “He will confidently walk up to you with a friendly smile and really make you feel as if he’s happy to see you and that he’s genuinely interested in what you’ve got to say. He’s a fantastic role model.” Steve will be a team mate of hers on the Commonwealth Games team.
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