Shaw jumps at chance to compete against hurdles idol

Emerging sprint hurdler Danielle Shaw will line up at the Hunter Track Classic hopeful of a sub 14 second time as she works towards the IAAF world under 20 championships 100 metre hurdles qualification standard of 13.85 seconds this Saturday 30 January in Newcastle.

An excited Shaw is looking forward to making the step up to the senior ranks in 2016. “YES! After watching the Sydney and Melbourne track classics in previous years, I’ve always wanted to be out there, competing against some of Australia’s best.”

The first round of the Australian domestic season will pit Shaw up against one of her sporting idols and 2015 Australian 100 metres hurdles silver medallist Michelle Jenneke (NSW) in her first ever appearance on the Australian Athletics Tour.

Shaw will be hopeful of following in similar footsteps as Jenneke, who placed fifth at the 2012 IAAF world junior championships in Barcelona and went on to represent Australia at the 2015 world university games in South Korea and 2015 Beijing IAAF world championships.

“I’m excited to run against some faster athletes, including Michelle on the weekend. I know Michelle and Abbie Taddeo will push me to hopefully break the 14 second barrier”, Shaw said.

The Ringwood Athletics Club athlete heads to the Hunter Region off the back of running 14.04 seconds in her first serious hit out at the open sprint hurdle height last Sunday 24 January during AV Knockout Round 2 in Melbourne.

“I was happy with my run. My previous few races have not been as fast as I wanted them to be, so running 14.04 on the weekend got my confidence up a little, heading into the Hunter Track Classic,” Shaw said.

17-year-old Shaw was a semi-finalist at the 2015 IAAF world youth championships in Cali, Colombia and will lean on her international experience in an attempt to qualify for the reallocated IAAF world under 20 championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland this July.

“13.85 is a pretty fast time, I have learnt that I need to compete more than I normally would, and against faster people than myself to have a chance at getting the qualifying time. This includes travelling interstate to run tour meets”, Shaw said.

The Wesley College student is one of a number of talented sprint hurdlers in the competitive under-20 ranks, with fellow Victorian and national under-18 100m hurdles champion Celeste Mucci one of Shaw’s closest rivals.

“Celeste Mucci and I think Sam Geddes are competing in the hurdles this year. I’m not too sure how Rachel Pace is going over the new height, but she has always been a close competitor,” Shaw said.

The 2016 Hunter Track Classic will be a part of the Australian Athletics Tour which will support the best athletes in the country. The main program is from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online before the event or at the gate. Ticket prices shall be $18 for gold reserved seating, $12 for Adults and $7 for children (aged 15 or under).

Key Information:

What: Hunter Track Classic
Where: 
Hunter Sports Centre – Newcastle
Time: 6:20PM

Women 100m Hurdles Entry list: Rachel Pace (NSW), Carla Takchi (NSW), Abbie Taddeo (NSW), Michelle Jenneke (NSWIS), Gabriella O’Grady (NSW), Rasvinder Gill (NSW), Hannah Jones (NSW), Alysha Burnett (NSW) and Danielle Shaw (Vic).

Full event entry list here: http://bit.ly/23utIhs (as of 25/01/16)

For more information, live results and streaming check out the event website: https://huntertrackclassic.com.au.