Blake Lucas is a pole-vaulter who was awarded a Scholarship within the 2010 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program, he was paired with Derek Clayton as his Mentor.
Blake first came to prominence as a 19-year-old when he broke the Victorian U18 and U20 records with a vault of 5.55m in 2009. The record had been held by Olympic gold medallist Steve Hooker. He then won the national senior title with a vault of 5.45m and was the youngest ever winner.
Blake improved his personal best from 4.60m in 2006 to 5.55m in 2009, and the rapid improvement prompted him to relocate to Victoria in order to focus more seriously on his vaulting and to train with coach Mark Stewart. At the end of 2009, he was the world junior leader in his event.
Blake studied nuclear medicine at RMIT and competed at the World University Games while a student. He finished 9th in that competition and achieved a B qualifier for the World Championships in Athletics in Berlin.
Honours & Achievements
- 2009: Broke the Victorian U18 and U20 records with a vault of 5.55m.
- 2009: National senior title winner, was the youngest ever winner.
- 2009: The World Junior Leader in Pole-Vaulting.
- 2010: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder.