Caytlyn Sharp crowned a world champion

Caytlyn Sharp.
Caytlyn Sharp.

Caytlyn Sharp has been crowned a world champion at the INAS Athletics Championships in Thailand after winning gold in high jump and bronze in triple jump.

The 14-year-old Terang athlete competed in the T20 open category of the championships, which is run by the international federation for sport for para-athletes with an intellectual disability. 

Mother Cindy Sharp, who stayed behind in Australia, said Caytlyn had little time to celebrate, having to compete in her 100-metre semi final straight after her high jump.

“I only got to speak to her for about 30 seconds after she won the high jump and she just said, ‘I can’t believe it mum, I’ve gold medalled for Australia’,” she said.

In her triple jump, Cindy said Caytlyn was the youngest competitor by about 10 years and was “absolutely ecstatic” to get bronze, especially after what she had considered to be “not her best jump”. 

“To go into triple jump and medal against people who have been training for a really long time made it extra special,” Cindy said.

“We are pretty stoked, we definitely didn’t expect something like this.”