A week has now past since the final of the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Final in Rio and to make an Olympic Final in her first outing is not a bad start for an 18 year old Australian female athlete. Australian Athletics has a promising future and Jessica Thornton will be striving over the next four years to be part of that future on the Trail to Tokyo. There will be a number of international events between now and 2020 that Jessica will need to compete in, as well as Australian Championships, if she is to realise her dream of another Olympic Games.
And as for the relay team that ventured to Rio (Jessica Thornton, Anneliese Rubie, Caitlin Sargent, Morgan Mitchell, Monica Brennan and Lauren Wells) the future is also bright. To finish 8th in the world at such an average young age was such an achievement and the excited response by the girls upon their confirmation of an Olympic final was simply worth bottling.
“To make the Olympic Team was a dream come true at just 18, but to also make a final with these girls was awesome”.
For the time being, the Trail to Tokyo will be interrupted by some much needed rest, not only for Jessica, but for Coach Michael Dooley who has been with her for most of the two and a half months on the road.
“I really need to thank my family, my extended family and friends who have been with me along the way. Your support and encouragement has been absolutely awesome. To PB twice at the World Junior Championships in Poland and finish 4th in the final was amazing but then to achieve the result at Rio was the icing on the cake. Thank you to Adidas for all your great gear which has certainly come in handy. Thank you also to Coogee Surf Lifesaving Club and more recently Dominion Industry for all your assistance. Finally, to all those that have sent messages of support and well wishes, thank you once again, it means so much to me.”