Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Leaping Ahead; Triple Jump Record and Gold Medals Earn Tillman Sportsperson Title

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Leaping Ahead; Triple Jump Record and Gold Medals Earn Tillman Sportsperson Title

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Byline: Jarrard Potter dailyexaminer.com.au

JUNIOR SPORTSPERSON: Erica Tillman made a lasting impact in her final regional competition in the under-17 age group, the Little Athletics Region 1 Championships at Tamworth.

Tillman set a new regional record in the triple jump, in which she won gold, with a 11.75m jump, shattering the previous record by 73cm.

The South Grafton High athlete also won gold in high jump and long jump, silver in 100m hurdles and bronze in 400m sprint, and her medal swag saw her pick up the Jetts Fitness Junior Sportsperson of the Month for February.

After breaking the previous triple jump record on her first attempt, Tillman said the pressure was off after that.

"To get that good a start was really reassuring," she said.

"I just kept improving so that was really good to go better with each attempt."

With this year being her last competing in Little Athletics, Tillman said she was pleased to finish on a high. …

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