Little Athletics Hall of Fame

Hi, my name is Hayleigh Davis. One of the highlights of my Little Athletics career was my overseas trip to the US in 2007 when I was 14. A group of us, including Mum, went on a tour of Arizona - we toured around schools and participated in their after-school athletics events. At the end of the tour, we all competed in a state-equivalent competition in the events of our choice. I had chosen the 200m, 400m and Long Jump and, excitingly, won medals in all 3.

One of the most memorable results of my Little Athletics career was winning Silver in the final of the 400m at the Australian National Championships in 2010. I also enjoyed making it through to the finals of the 400m and Hammer-Throw events in the under-15s in State Level Athletics winning Gold in that same year.

Another exciting moment was when I missed out by a few points on winning 3rd in the Multi-Event (which includes 90m hurdles, long-jump, discus, 100m and 800m) at the Australian Little Athletics Championships in Melbourne in 2008. Mum says that if I'd won the 800m (my favourite event at the time) but in which I'd come second on the day, that I would have come 3rd. You can tell that I've still got that competitive streak! 2008 was a busy year for me and I also enjoyed competing at the Pacific School Games in Canberra in the 200m hurdles, hammer-throw and the 400m.

I didn't realise how much Athletics was in our family until I found an old athletics singlet in my Nan's cupboard when I was helping her with a cupboard clear-out. My Mum also enjoyed participating in Little Athletics when she was younger, as do my brothers now. My coach was always Tom Stead, who is still committed to coaching within Cooma Athletics both on Thursday afternoons and on three other afternoons a week during the Season! Tom deserves much of the credit for my success as do my family for always supporting and encouraging me.

What do/did you enjoy about Little Athletics? I found Little Athletics to be a really good way to have fun. As I did it from a very young age I had many friends who took part too so it was a very social activity and sport. It's a great way to exercise and keep fit and I plan to get back into Athletics in the Seniors more as a way of keeping fit. But, you never know.

Favourite Food: Pad Thai

Favourite Song: 30 Seconds to Mars by The Kill

Favourite TV Show: Gossip Girl

Favourite Movie: I'd have to think about that...

Who is your idol? Cathy Freeman is really inspirational. She managed to break through the bias against many Aboriginal people in sport. She made it to the top and yet was still so humble about her achievements.

What advice would you give to Little Athletes? Keep trying! It doesn't matter where you come as long as you enjoy yourself and have fun. That's what my coach, Tom, used always tell me.

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