Running isn’t for everyone. However, for St Andrew’s Primary School student, Safforn Jenkinson, running is in her blood and she is striding to success in the disciplines of Cross Country and Track and Field.
At only ten years of age, Ferny Hills local, Safforn, has already represented Queensland in the Australian Cross Country Championships. The competition took place last month in Wollongong and she finished sixth in the 10 year old girls’ 2km race. Notably, she was the first Queensland girl across the line, helping the Queensland 10 year old girls finish third overall on points, to claim the bronze medal. To add to Saffron’s accolades, she was also chosen to run for Queensland in the 10 year old girls relay (5 x 1000m) at the same championships. Outstandingly, the girls finished third to claim another Bronze medal.
Saffron’s achievements have been recognised by many in the sport. Last month she traveled to Darwin to represent Queensland in the Australian 10-12 Years Track and Field Championships. She raced in the 800m against some of the best 10 year old middle distance runners in Australia and achieved an outstanding sixth place in the finals!
Saffron looks set for a blossoming future, however the costs associated with attending such high profile competitions can be enormous. Her parents have set up a fundraising page to assist with traveling costs at https://asf.org.au/athletes/saffron-jenkinson-to-national-track-and-field-championships/. If any locals would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support Saffron it would be much appreciated by the family.