AN encounter in Lithgow in December 2007 between one of Australia’s Olympic legends and a future Olympic hopeful has led to a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Following her silver medal win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Sally Pearson (nee McLellan) was quoted to say “last year I met Marjorie Jackson and this inspired me to set my goal to win an Olympic Gold one year”.
Sally has now achieved this dream by winning a gold medal for 100m hurdles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
“Who would ever have thought five years ago when we welcomed Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, ‘the Lithgow Flash’, and Sally Pearson to Lithgow to launch the Lithgow Flash Gift Carnival, that this meeting would lead to a future gold medal for Australia,” Lithgow City Council mayor Neville Castle said.
“I would like to congratulate Sally on her gold medal success.”
“It is great to know an athlete who has been associated with the Lithgow Flash Gift has gone on to fulfil the ultimate dream of winning Olympic Gold,” Cr Castle said.
“Five athletes who have competed at the Lithgow Flash Gift Carnival over the past five years have gone on to compete for Olympic gold at the London Olympics including Lauren Boden and Melissa Breen who have competed for the last two years at the Lithgow Flash Gift Carnival.
“With the conclusion of the 2012 London Olympics we look forward to next year’s Lithgow Flash Gift Carnival to see if we will have a potential future gold medallist competing in our own backyard before going on to win Olympic glory in Rio in 2016,”Cr Castle said.