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Year Awarded: 2010
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Blake Lucas - Athletics

For 19 year old pole vaulter Blake Lucas, 2009 has been a big year. In March he broke the Under 18 & Under 20 Victorian records in jumping 5.55m (previously held by Steve Hooker) and then went on to take his first National Open title jumping 5.45m, the youngest ever winner.

Blake has seen his progression in the pole vault go from 4.60m in 2006 to 5.55m in 2009, a big improvement in just 3 years
Blake, who moved to Victoria in 2008 to be coached by Mark Stewart and is studying nuclear medicine at RMIT, also competed in the World University Games in July, finishing 9th, achieved a B qualifier for the World Championships held in Berlin and was the World Junior leader in the pole vault in 2009.

Mentor:  Derek Clayton

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