Teenager smashes mum’s longstanding jump record

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Teenage competitor Sophie McDonald has her eyes set on stealing more glory from her mum Tracey Menegola after breaking her 34-year triple jump record in a recent Albany Athletics Club meeting.

Menegola set the women’s under-18 triple jump record in 1983 when she jumped 10.5m.

Three decades later and it was Menegola’s 17-year-old daughter who eclipsed that mark, not once but twice on the same day and the rising star doesn’t want to stop there.

McDonald, in her second jump on November 4 recorded 10.54m and was quick to inform her mum of the record-breaking effort.

Encouraged to try and better that mark again, McDonald in her third and final jump smashed that previous effort to set a new record of 10.73m.

“Initially I just wanted to rub it in to mum about beating her record,” McDonald said.

“About five minutes before we started I was told of the record and I thought I could get it.

“It felt really good, I liked the idea of breaking a record and I’ve always been pretty competitive.”

Despite admitting that she is a much better runner than a jump competitor, McDonald said next year she aimed to pinch a couple more of her mum’s records.

“In next year’s age group mum has a few records,” she said.

“I’ll try to get a few more from her.”

The Year 11 Albany Senior High School student is a State hockey representative and has also competed at State level in athletics, which has kept her fitness up for hockey in winter.

Menegola said it was a “pretty special” feeling to have the record broken by her daughter.

“After the second jump she came over to tell me, I told her to go back and smash it which she did,” she said.

“Records are meant to broken and it’s pretty cool that Sophie has broken the record.

“My passion growing up was athletics and it’s been passed on to both my girls, we’ve been involved as parents for 11 years now and love every minute.”

Menegola said it was a family affair down at the AAC as she fills her role as arena co-ordinator. Her husband Bruce McDonald is the starter and their youngest daughter Cate is also competing in athletics.

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