Jessica commenced her athletic career with the Randwick Botany Little Athletics Centre back in the 2003-2004 season. As a sprightly five year old, no one would have thought of the success that was to follow in the years to come.
As an Under 7 in 2004, Jessica broke the 500m centre record by 22 seconds and in 2005 as an Under 8 competitor she broke the centre’s 700m record. Jessica still holds those records together with the Under 13 long jump record set in 2010.
Jessica also was awarded the Athlete of the Year for RBLAC in 2007 and 2013 and for the senior club South Sydney also in 2013.
On Saturday 8 October 2016 RBLAC had the official opening of its 49th season at the Hensley Athletics Field. Jessica, along with former club athlete and fellow Olympian Selma Kajan, were invited by the RBLAC committee to attend the official opening and be presented to the current membership and parents in recognition of their achievements.
Club Patron, and current State Member for Heffron, Ron Hoenig MP, attended the opening and on behalf of RBLAC presented both girls with a certificate and congratulated them on their achievement of reaching Olympian status. Club President Tony Vecellio praised both girls and in his true Vecellio style accepted full responsibility for their success. Jessica spoke to the young children and parents about her experience of the Olympics and what it meant to her, and impressed upon the up and coming athletes about having a dream and believing it can come true.
Ron Hoenig State Member for Heffron and Patron of the RBLAC presents Jessica Thornton with a certificate for her achievements in becoming an Olympian.
Now a member of the Illawong Senior Athletics Club, Jessica recently attended the coaching clinic at Barden Ridge. All the young kids took to the new Olympian, the first in the club’s history.
With the off-season now complete, Jessica returns to training this week under the watchful eye of Coach Dooley in preparation for the new season.