Sarah Harre, of McAuley Catholic College, won a gold medal in the under-13 girls’ high jump at the New South Wales All Schools Athletic Championships.
Sarah Harre, of McAuley Catholic College, won a gold medal in the under-13 girls’ high jump at the New South Wales All Schools Athletic Championships. JoJo Newby

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SARAH Harre is certainly no "flop" when it comes to high jump.

The 13-year-old Catherine McAuley College student claimed gold at the New South Wales All Schools Athletic Championships at Homebush.

Harre has been honing her skills under the guidance of coach Michele Hurcum, who has produced class athletes for many years.

"Sarah, after winning gold, has now qualified to compete at the National All Schools, which will be held in Brisbane the first week in December," Hurcum said.

"I've been training Sarah for about four years and she's continuing to improve.

"I've trained a lot of kids over the years and they all go through different stages because of their growing.

"I think Sarah has just started to hit her straps this year.

"Young Sam Kerr, from down at Maclean, jumped a personal best (PB) of 160cm to win the CHS 15 years this year.

"And Sarah jumped 159cm to win the All Schools under-13, which was also a PB for her.

"The girls train once a week at this stage. They're still growing, so we mainly focus on technique.

"They keep fit by playing a lot of other sports."

A total of six high jumpers competed at the NSW All Schools Championships, including Nicole Gusman from Woolgoolga, who picked up a bronze in the under-16 years girls' high jump.

Jack Morrissey (under-17 boys) and John Gorman (under-13 boys) both finished in the top 10.

"Four were placed in the top 10, which was a good result," Hurcum said.

"Amanda and Samantha Kerr, from Maclean, did very well. Amanda competed in the 16 girls and Sam in the 15 girls.

"Sam actually won the CHS Championships a few weeks ago," she said.



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