Bio

Chelsea is one of Australia’s newest long jump sensations. A solid breakthrough season in 2015 saw her claim her maiden national title. Her focus is now set on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Returning to the sport after a 7-year hiatus, Chelsea emerged in the top 6 ranks at the 2012 Australian Championships. Quickly realising that athletics was more than recreation, Chelsea teamed with highly esteemed national jumps coach, Gary Bourne from the Queensland Academy of Sport, and relocated to Brisbane at the end of 2012.

Under Gary’s guidance and the support of the Queensland Academy of Sport, Chelsea has been able to refine her talent. Improvements in technique, strength and speed have delivered a significant increase of performance and distance in a few years. The toils of training were rewarded with a bronze medal at the 2014 National Championships, and also a maiden Queensland State Title. With the disappointment of missing Commonwealth Games selection, Chelsea used the momentum from the 2014 season to build a strong foundation for 2015.

Outstanding performances in Canberra (6.63m) and Sydney (6.59m), combined with a 100m best time of 11.81sec gave Chelsea a confidence boost leading into the 2015 Australian Championships. Winning the title, was the perfect reward for her journey to date. With Rio in her sights, Chelsea balances training with full time work commitments, and with some support hopes to work part time. She will leave no stone unturned to reach the pinnacle of her sport.

Adelaide born and a proud South Australian, Chelsea’s love of running began as a 10 year old little athlete at Salisbury Little Athletics Centre. Long jump was her strongest discipline, jumping 5.12m as an 11 year old, and became a national champion at age 14. During her secondary school years at Trinity College Gawler, Chelsea’s repertoire of events expanded from long jump, as coach Richard Bednall encouraged the her to compete in the challenging 7-event Heptathlon. In her final school year, 2002, she was the Australian Under 18 Australian Heptathlon champion. Within a year, career developments and success as a mid-court netballer became a new focus. Chelsea left the sport at age 19 after ongoing injury to focus on her studies in Medical Radiation. Seven years later, she returned.

Progression

  • 1998 – 5.41m
  • 2002 – 5.75m
  • 2011 – 6.06m
  • 2012 – 6.30m
  • 2014 – 6.37m
  • 2015 – 6.63m
  • 2015 – 6.74m (Wind Assisted)
  • 2016 – 6.70m (Olympic Qualifier)

Achievements

2015 Australian Long Jump Champion

2015 1st Sydney Track Classic

2nd Adelaide Track Classic, 2nd Canberra Track Classic

2015, 2014 Queensland State Long Jump Champion

2015 IAAF World Ranking

2014 3rd Place Australian Athletics Championships

2014 3rd Sydney Track Classic

2002 Australian u/18 Heptathlon Champion