Ipswich athlete Annie McGuire with the gold medal she won in the long jump at the Oceania Melanesian Games in Vanuatu.
Ipswich athlete Annie McGuire with the gold medal she won in the long jump at the Oceania Melanesian Games in Vanuatu.

Gold medal winner looks to future after missing Aussie team

ATHLETICS: Catching up on her school work, Annie McGuire was clearly disappointed she missed selection in another Australian team.

She'd completed a streak of qualifying meetings, including winning a gold medal at the recent Oceania Melanesian Games in Vanuatu.

However, the dedicated Lockyer District Athletic Club long jumper was overlooked for the Australian team heading to Buenos Aires from October 1-6 for the Youth Olympics.

"I was really gutted to not be in the team,'' she said, having met the qualifying requirements.

"I thought I was on the way, I thought I was definitely going to be going.

"They're only taking six girls and six boys and a lot of girls did qualify.

"It was just unfortunate. I did all I could do and it was just up to the selectors.''

She jumped 6.04m to win the gold medal in Vanuatu. That completed the selection criteria she needed.

With a personal best of 6.08m, she improved on the 5.73m leap a year earlier in Fiji.

McGuire, who turns 17 next month, won two gold medals on her previous Melanesian Games. She added a 4x100m relay gold to her long jump performance in Fiji.

This time she concentrated on her main event.

The West Moreton Anglican College student will use the time off to focus on her year 12 studies and have an athletics break before concentrating on the next series of school competition.

She'll remain positive knowing she has age on her side.

"In a few years time, I'll have under 20s to look forward to,'' she said.

McGuire appreciated her latest opportunity in Vanuatu, on her second Australian team.

"That was amazing,'' the Ipswich athlete said.

"I did everything I wanted to do. Come away with the win and jumped well.''

She said a highlight was meeting so many good people during the week of international competition.

"The conditions were good and I had such a great trip,'' she said.