MILLENDON teen Alanah Yukich is on the verge of an exciting international athletics career.
Along with five other young West Australians, the 18-year-old will jet off to the Polish city of Bydgoszcz in July for the IAAF Under 20 World Championships.
Yukich will compete in the 400m hurdles event and the 4x400m relay after sealing her place in the team at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in March.
An impressive sub-minute time of 59.27 also makes her the sixth-fastest Australian 400m hurdler of all time.
Born and raised on a farm near Gingin, Yukich was a latecomer to competitive athletics.
“In primary school, I participated in all sporting activities,” she said.
“I always excelled at athletics, being the athletics champion at school and also at interschool.
“But I didn’t think much about taking it to another level then.”
It was not until she moved to the Swan Valley and started high school at Swan Christian College that she got involved seriously.
“Someone suggested I join Little Athletics, so I joined my nearest club, which was Ellenbrook,” Yukich said.
“I started competing at state level and two years ago I took out my first national title, the Under 17 400m hurdles.”
Coached by Commonwealth 400m champion Lynn Foreman, Yukich dedicates six sessions a week to fitness, strength and technical training.
The trip to Poland is self-funded and quite costly, with athletes required to raise $4000 each.
“I have created a GoFundMe page where those who wish to help me achieve my goal can do so,” she said.
“So far I have raised $2000 with the help of family and friends.
“My goal is to achieve a personal best over in Poland and hopefully make the final racing against the best the world has to offer.
“I love the excitement and dedication of the sport, and this trip has made me more determined for greater things to come.”
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