St Helena year 12 student Jarryd Clifford has made a huge splash on the worlds sporting stage.
At the Australian National Junior Championships last week in Sydney, Jarryd came from behind to clinch the Australian Junior Championship title (able body) in his pet event the 1500m track final.
Not satisfied with this outstanding achievement Jarryd competed again only 24 hours later to smash the world record by over 3 seconds in the same event.
Jarryd will now look to defend his crown as the world’s new number 1 at the world Under 20 championships in Finland this July.
Jarryd’s running career has been a product of the last 7 years regularly travelling by himself to Canberra to train at the Australian Institute of sport. Jarryd first appeared on the world stage back in 2016 at the Rio Paralympic games where he finished 7th in the final of the 1500m sprint. Jarryd rose to new heights 12 months later at the World para Athletics Championships in London where he claimed a bronze medal in the same event. With Jarryd’s most recent success we hope that his career continues to go from strength to strength as he hopes to change the face of athletics in Australia.
If you see Jarryd around the school please pass on your congratulations and for those who want to see the champ in action please see the link below for the race footage.