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IPC World Championships: Athlete Interview Erin Cleaver

IPC World Championships: Athlete Interview Erin Cleaver

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Monday, 19 October 2015/Categories: News

19 Oct 2015

 

IPC World Championships: Athlete Interview Erin Cleaver

 

Ahead of the IPC World Championships commencing later in the week, we continue our series of interviews and profiles about our leading NSW athletes competed on the world stage.  Fifteen-year-old ERIN CLEAVER will compete in the T38 100m, long jump and 4x100m relay.

 

ANSW:  When did you start athletics?

Erin: I first did athletics in primary school (Barraba Central School NSW) in the school athletics carnival where I competed in all the events.  Barraba did not have a Little Athletics club.  My brothers and I all loved athletics and we did well in the school competitions.  

 

ANSW:  What club are you a member of and how successful were you?

Erin: I am a member of the Macquarie Hunter Little Athletics Club and senior club.  I have only been in Little Athletics for two seasons.  I enjoy competing and do well at most of the events.

 

ANSW: Did you do other sports, were you successful?

Erin:   When I was five I played two handed touch Rugby Union in the gala days around Barraba and the surrounding towns.  Since then I have played soccer and netball.   I always played to the best of my ability but I was certainly no star.

 

ANSW: Can you tell us about your coach, squad and when you train and where?

Erin: My coach is Shaun Fletcher and my squad is Torque Newcastle.  I have been training with Shaun for almost two years.  Shaun is a sprints and jumps coach and still competes in National Championships.  I train five to six days per week at the Hunter Sports Centre in Glendale as well as at Planet Fitness in Lambton.

 

ANSW: You compete in a few events, which is your favourite? What is the plan for events over the next few years?

Erin: My favourite event is the long jump. I also enjoy the short sprints.  I have stopped doing javelin to concentrate on the sprints and long jump.  I will hopefully continue to compete in short sprints and long jump for the next few years.

 

ANSW: Can you tell us about your disability? What challenges are there?

Erin: I was diagnosed with right sided hemiplegia at the age of about one, my parents and parent’s friends noticed I had a limp when I tried to walk and that is when my parents took me to a paediatrician who diagnosed my cerebral palsy.  As my disability is very mild I have not faced too many challenges.  My right arm and leg fatigue more quickly than the left and as I am also right side dominant this can cause problems at school for long writing exercises.  Most people do not notice my disability.  My paediatrician thought it was great to see me kick with my right foot and catch with my right hand as most kids with hemiplegia tend to use the non-affected side as dominant.  

 

ANSW: What are the goals for Doha and Rio?

Erin: My goals for Doha are to get over there and compete to the best of my ability.  I want to learn as much as I can from the experienced athletes, coaches and other staff.  I will wait until after Doha to concentrate on Rio but if I perform well I would hope to be selected for the long jump and short sprints. 

 

ANSW: What year are you in at school? What do you plan to do after you complete Year 12?

Erin: I am in year 10 at the moment and if I tell you the truth I really have no idea of what I am going to do after Year 12.

 

Erin Cleaver - Statistics
DOB:  6/2/2000

Born/resident: Tamworth – home town Barraba NSW.  Current resident of Charlestown - Newcastle NSW.
Clubs: Macquarie Hunter Little Athletics/Senior Athletics
Coach: Shaun Fletcher

Personal bests:

100m – 14.11 seconds
200m – 29.20 seconds

Long Jump – 4.43 metres

 

Para classification: T38

Event at the IPC World Championships: 100m, long jump and 4x100m relay.

 

Entry lists and the event timetable, please click here.

Australian Flame Media Guide for the IPC Athletics World Championships, please click here

 

David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image: Erin Cleaver (courtesy of David Tarbotton)

 

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These statistics will give you an indication of Erin’s prospected in Doha.

 

WOMENS T38 100m

Australian competitors and season best

Ella Pardy (W, T38), 13.16

Erin Cleaver (N, T38), 14.11

Taylor Doyle (N, T38), 14.33

 

RECORDS

World Record     13.00 Sophie Hahn GBR, 26/07/2015

Oceania                13.16 Ella Pardy AUS, 28/03/2015

Australian            13.16 Ella Pardy (W), 28/03/2015

      

RESULTS AND RANKINGS

2012 London Paralympics: 1. Margarita Goncharova RUS, 13.45 2. Junfei Chen CHN, 13.53 3. Inna Stryzhak UKR, 13.64

2013 Lyon World Championships: 1. Sophie Hahn GBR, 13.10 2. Veronica Hipolito BRA, 13.26 3. Junfei Chen CHN, 13.55

2015 World Rankings: 1. Sophie Hahn GBR, 13.00 -1.3 2. Margarita Goncharova RUS, 13.07 -1.3 3. Ella Pardy AUS, 13.16 +0.5

 

AUSTRALIA AT THE IPC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Medals won:     

Gold – Alison Quinn N 1994

Gold – Alison Quinn N 1998

Silver – Katrina Webb S 1998

Silver – Katrina Webb S 2002

Best Performance:          14.49 Katrina Webb S 2002

 

 

WOMENS F38 LONG JUMP

Australian competitors and season best

Taylor Doyle (N, F38) – 4.51

Erin Cleaver (N, F38) – 4.43

 

RECORDS

World Record     5.22 Margarita Goncharova RUS, 20/06/2015

Oceania                4.51 Taylor Doyle AUS, 28/06/2015

Australian            4.51 Taylor Doyle (N), 28/06/2015

Australian U20, U18, U16              4.43 Erin Cleaver (N), 11/3/2015

 

 

RESULTS AND RANKINGS

2012 London

Paralympics: 1. Margarita Goncharova RUS, 4.84 -0.2 (F38) 2. Inna Stryzhak UKR, 4.79 +0.6 (F38)  3. Yuanhang Cao CHN, 4.40 +1.1 (F37)

2013 Lyon World Championships: 1. Margarita Goncharova RUS, 4.94 -0.9 2. Taylor Doyle AUS, 4.51 -0.1 3. Ramune Adomaitiene LTU, 4.48 +0.9

2015 World Rankings: 1. Margarita Goncharova RUS, 5.22 -0.1 2. Taylor Doyle AUS, 4.51 -0.1 3. Ramune Adomaitiene LTU, 4.48 +0.9 4. Erin Cleaver AUS, 4.43 +0.3

 

AUSTRALIA AT THE IPC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Medals won                       Best place 11th - Jamie McInerney S 2011

Best Performance           3.28 (-1.8) – Jamie McInerney S 2011

 

 

 

WOMENS T35-38 4x100m

Australian season best

Australia (Ella Pardy, Erin Cleaver, Jodi Elkington-Jones, Isis Holt), 55.82

 

RECORDS

World Record     53.53 Russia (Margarita Goncharova, Svetlana Sergeeva, Ana Sapozhnikova, Zhanna Fekolina), 23/08/2014

Oceania                55.82 Australia (Ella Pardy, Erin Cleaver, Jodi Elkington-Jones, Isis Holt), 15/03/2015

Australian            55.82 Australia (Ella Pardy, Erin Cleaver, Jodi Elkington-Jones, Isis Holt), 15/03/2015

      

RESULTS AND RANKINGS

2012 London Paralympics: 1. Russia, 54.86 2. China, 55.65 3. Great Britain, 56.08 4. Australia, 56.32

2013 Lyon World Championships: No event

 

2015 World Rankings: 1 Australia, 55.82, 2. Tunisa, 1.04.00

 

AUSTRALIA AT THE IPC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Medals won       Best place – 6th AUS 2011 (Beikoff, Elkington, McAllister, McInerney)

Best Performance           59.72 AUS 2011

 

 
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