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Larissa Pasternatsky (NSW) 

DOB: 11 December 1991 Age: 
ATHLETE profile

Coach: Cathy Walsh
Event: 200m
Occupation: Coach
Instagram: larissapasternatsky

Personal Bests
200m: 23.27   Gold Coast AUS, 18 Feb 2018

Larrisa Pasternatsky’s sprint talent was first noticed when she was in year two at school. “My friend’s mum noticed I had some speed and relayed this information to my mum,” she recalled and soon after started little athletics aged nine. “My love for the sport was not initial. I grew to love the sport and noticed quickly how much speed was the foundation of my other sports, hockey and touch footy which I played all through high school. I started taking it more seriously in years 11 and 12, whilst still playing touch and hockey.” The next few years for Larissa were a challenge with a number of injuries. In 2014 she met her current coach Cathy Walsh, “and I haven’t looked back since - I love this sport.”

She had clocked 100m/200m times of 11.95/24.25 at age 16 years and as a junior she was on the podium at the 2010 Australian junior championships, placing third in the 200m. Seven years later, and in her mid-20s she was again third at the 2017 national championships in the 200m. The performance and qualifying marks during the year earned her selection in the Australian team for the 2017 World University Games in Taipei. In Korea she assisted the relay team to fifth in the final. During the 2017/18 domestic season she chased Commonwealth Games qualifiers in her preferred event, the 200m. After winning the NSW sprint double in early February, she placed third in the 200m at the national championships, running a PB and CG qualifier of 23.27 into a strong headwind. Not initially selected for the Commonwealth Games team, she was added after a withdrawal.

Larissa has a degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney and her hobbies are coaching, trying out new restaurants and cooking. Her hero is coach Cathy Walsh “she is actually superwoman,” says Larissa. In the leadup to a major competition, Larissa and Cathy have a “Caribbean cooking day”. She also recognised the significant influences in her life/career including: her squad, parents, siblings, coach and chiropractor. “My grandparents are also my biggest inspiration, who migrated here from Russia with absolutely nothing and built a life for themselves so that their children and grandchildren could have a better life.”

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