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By Brad Lester
ELEANOR Patterson was shattered by
her first round exit from the 2016 high
jump medal race at the Rio Olympics.
The Leongatha high jumper has a personal
best jump in the event of 1.96m, but hit the wall at
1.92m and failed to progress beyond the opening
round of jumps.
She finished 22nd overall, with a final jump of
Speaking trackside on television afterwards,
Eleanor said, “I’m very disappointed, there is no
doubt about it.”
After she exited the competition, she sat by the
track, face in her hands in obvious disappointment
at seeing her dream in pieces.
“When I am out there, it’s just me, my coach,
the high jump bar and God’s will, but today evi-
dently I just couldn’t do it,” she said.
“I have high expectations on myself I want to
do well so it’s hard. Sadly it’s one of those ones
that is a learning experience.
“It’s never a smooth run but that’s what you
deal with as an athlete, you just persist.
“I feel like I have been jumping in training,
going really well, especially with my coach David
(Green). We are a great team, I am just so grateful
for the support I have from everyone, especially
my coach David, is brilliant and my family as
DALLAS Loughridge is back at school
after experiencing one of the highlights
of her primary school year.
Representing Victoria at the School Sport Austra-
lia Basketball Championships is an honour achieved
by an exclusive few, the state’s best and this 12 year
old is most definitely one of the best of the best.
The Under 14 team won all eight of its games, the
grand final against South Australia a strong 62 to 39
points with a gold medal beckoning.
Dallas wears her gold medal proudly around her
neck and she it was all the reward she wished for.
Victoria won all eight of its games and Dallas
said she was pleased with her performance through-
out the championships.
She said it was a great experience to play at such
a level, “I learnt a lot from going away; just having
the opportunity to do it was really good.”
The championships are not just about basketball
but the opportunities that exist for cultural exchange.
Traditionally the Victorian girls are buddied each
year with the girls from the Northern Territory - with
whom they also share an interest in Australian Rules
football - which means they watch as many of each
others’ games as they can and go out to dinner one
Most of the girls on the NT squad were indig-
Mum Tanya and Dad Matthew were with her to
soak up the excitement and was quick to thank them
for everything they do for her, but also the great sup-
port from the Loch community and the Loch Primary
A great win: with the Under 14 champions gold medal around her neck Dallas Loughridge
is back with friends, from left, Acacia Wallis and Beth Derrick at the Loch Primary School
where she is in Grade 6. She will carry a wealth of memories from the championships, held
in Terrigal, which are not just about basketball, for the rest of her life.
Golden girl’s win
School in particular.
The purchase of raffle tickets, a sausage sizzle and
sponsorship were all support the young girl whose
basketball goal is to one day play for the Australian
Opals wanted to publicly thank people for.
“I have not thought about anything else but
this, this is the end of the season, this is what was
on my mind.”
Eleanor said her failure to make the final made
Rio 2016 a learning experience.
Despite her disappointment, Eleanor received
uplifting support on social media, including from
Australian hurdling great Sally Pearson OAM,
who tweeted, “Hold your head up #eleanorpat-
terson such a bright future ahead! We are so
Eleanor was supported in Rio by her mother
Helen, and her mother’s friend Deanna De Bondt
of Pound Creek and her daughter Sarah.
Eleanor’s father Mark Patterson, also of Le-
ongatha, said his family was just impressed his
daughter made the Olympic cut.
“She competed well but obviously was not
good enough on the day but not near to where she
could potentially jump,” he said.
Mark said high jump was a highly technical
“You can be feeling well and in good condi-
tion, but if your headspace is not there on the day,
then that can have an impact,” he said.
Mark did not rule out his daughter potential-
ly making a bid to be part of the 2020 Olympic
“She’s fortunate high jumpers do not mature
until well into their mid to late twenties as a rule.
Hopefully she’s got the endeavour to go on but
that’s up to her in the end,” he said.
Eleanor and her coach David Green, also of
Leongatha, did not take a $30,000 grant in order
to remain independent of Athletics Australia, but
she has a sponsorship arrangement with Swisse.
Eleanor competed in Europe, trained in Eng-
land and attended a pre-Olympic camp in Florida,
USA, before heading to Brazil.
Eleanor’s Rio disappointment
Not close: Eleanor Patterson shattered her own high expectations and surprised many more
by bowing out so early in the Rio Olympics high jumping with a first round jump below what
she is capable of. Image courtesy of Getty Images/Athletics Australia.
DWWWW Allies Jackson Nolan
AT 16 years of age Jackson Nolan is
committed to making the most of every
Since the age of eight he has been a midfielder or
He aims to make it to the top and his focus display
this focused determination.
Playing Seniors for the Allies has been a part of
his journey towards a football career.
Jackson loves the challenge of having to push
himself at the Senior level.
His football idol is Scott Pendlebury and a lot
of people comment on the similarity of his play to
Jackson has been invited to try out for Gippsland
Power which means the world to him as it provides
him with a step up to a bigger stage and the opportu-
nity to prove himself worthy.
Foster Tigers Keighley Starrett
A GRADE netball in the Alberton Foot-
ball and Netball League showcases the
skill, talent, determination and drive to be
a successful netballer.
Keighley Starrett plays for Foster and displays
skill, talent and determination each week on the net-
ball court each week.
Since she put up her hand to play A Grade she has
taken on the challenge of playing against smart and
A natural defender, Keighley embraced the op-
portunity to play through the midcourt, excelling in
her new role.
With a vertical leap that terrifies the opponent
Keighley has become an integral part of the team and
plays well in high pressure situations.
Keighley plays with Southern Fusion and has
represented Alberton from U13s in interleague and
regional sides and has received individual accolades
including Best on Court in grand finals, league and
club Best and Fairest.
No wonder everyone at Foster is so proud of her.
The AFL Rising Star nominations are sponsored
by the Korumburra Sports and Spinal Clinic.
Young and smart: Keighley Starrett is a
‘latecomer’ to netball but is proving to be an
important part of the Foster A Grade team.
Alberton’s Rising Stars
Focused: Jackson has been invited to try out
for Gippsland Power, an experience he will
take to with great relish.
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