Coach: Russell Stratton
Occupation: Student - Bachelor of Health Sciences, Deakin University
Brooke Stratton started athletics aged five at Nunawading Little Athletics Centre. Her interest in the long jump was sparked when she won the under-9 state title. She compiled a tremendous junior career, starting with the World Youth Championships in 2009 where she placed 10th. She followed this with two appearances at the world juniors in 2010 and 2012.
Selected for her senior debut in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she was forced to withdraw with an injury.
In 2015, she competed at the world championships leaping 6.64m in the qualifying round. Brooke started 2016 with a PB of 6.73m, but over five weeks during the domestic season she improved her PB to 6.79m, then 6.94m and finally on March 12, 7.05m. The last performance broke the 14-year-old Oceania and Australian records.
A week later she placed fifth at the World Indoor Championships with a leap of 6.75m. At the Rio Olympics, Brooke was brilliant, placing seventh in the final with a leap of 6.74m.
Injured during the Australian summer, she resumed competition in June 2017 and at her fourth competition, at the London Diamond League, she leapt 6.79m, a distance she had only exceeded twice previously in her career. It was also an automatic qualifier for the 2017 IAAF World Championships. In London Brooke again performed well at a major championship. Her series included leaps of 6.67m, 6.67m and 6.64m, placing sixth in the
final the highest place by an Aussie in the event, surpassing some of our greats, Bronwyn Thompson, Nicole Boegman and Robyn Lorraway.
In just her second competition of the season, she won her third national long jump title with a leap of 6.66m. She was selected for the Commonwealth Games and will make her Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast, which should have occurred in Glasgow but for injury.
She has been coached by her father, Russell, for the past 16 years. Her sister Kirsty is an AFLW player for Collingwood.
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