Lily aims for record times
ATHLETE with a disability (AWD) Lily Mitchell claimed six medals at the Combined High Schools (CHS) State athletics championships.
Competing in the Girls AWD 12-15 years division, Lily, 13, of Kingscliff High, won gold medalsin the 100m (14.79s), 200m (31.26s) and long jump (3.27m) and bronze medals in the 800m (3m19.53s), discus (14.64m) and javelin (12.12m).
Proud mum Joanne said Lily’s ‘progressive eye disease, cone rod dystrophy, won’t stop her’.
“Lily is closing in on the 100m and 200m world record times,” Mrs Mitchell said.
“She needs markers because she has only peripheral vision; no central vision.
“The markers provide a contrast that helps her stay in her lane.
“Lily and her sister Hana, who also has the disease, are coached by Keith Currie, who has been teaching them the run-up to the high jump based on memory, not vision.
“Lily will compete in CHS All Schools Athletics next month before doing a three-day Paralympic development camp at Narrabeen.
“Hana doesn’t let it (the condition) stand in her way either. She secured two gold medals and a bronze at the nationals last year and will compete in PSSA Stateon October 20-21.”