With the Australian Athletics Championships now settled and selections for some athletes confirmed, attention now turns for those upcoming final pre-departure meets in a last ditch attempt to qualify to be part of the Australian 2017 World Championships Athletics Team in London in August.
Jessica Thornton is one of those striving to be part of that team to London. Jessica just missed this years Australian Championships due to an injury but her rehabilitation has been outstanding and she looks stronger than ever.
Buoyed by the results of the recent Australian Championships, in particular her friend and fellow Olympian Morgan Mitchell, and the women’s 4 x 400m team at the World Relay Championships, Jessica is eager to get back on the track and into competition.
“With such great results at the Nationals Championships and at the World Relays in Bahamas, getting back into the swing of things and trying to grab a spot on the World Championships team has never looked so good before. I’m so excited and driven to be part of another Australian team, hopefully in an individual spot this time, but most importantly be a part of the girls 4 x 400m relay again after their fifth place at the World Relays. These next few months are very crucial and my mind is set on those qualifying times. Fingers crossed and good luck to all still trying for a spot on the team as well.”
Jessica had a visit last week from the global sports magazine Trans World Sports. Television producer Chris Brown and cameraman Mike visited Jessica at training and university for some filming and interviews for an upcoming program on Fox Sports featuring Australian sports men and women.
Jessica also caught up with Ironwoman Tara Coleman and rugby league stars Reni Maitau and Moses Mbye to launch and support the suicide prevention challenge. This event, involving many local personalities and participants, is a 24 hour Treadmill for Suicide Prevention Challenge being held at the Maroubra Surf Lifesaving Club on Friday 26 May 2017. A worthy cause to highlight the help and assistance that can be provided to those in need and to raise funds and awareness of mental health issues facing many people these days.
Finally, Jessica will be part of a panel of high profile athletes from different sports to address local high school girls aged 11-16 and discuss what opportunities are available for them in sport. The Girls Get Active Day is being hosted by University of NSW on Wednesday 7 June 2017. Being from the area and successful in her chosen sport of athletics, Jessica didn’t hesitate to be part of this event.