Invited to join the 2019 Track and Field Athletics Tour to Canada

AIMING HIGH: Cheyenne Baker with her aunt Shirleen Jarrett, left, and her mother Lorraine Donovan
AIMING HIGH: Cheyenne Baker with her aunt Shirleen Jarrett, left, and her mother Lorraine Donovan

When you are 14-years-old, a letter from the school is not always good news.

However for Nambucca High student Cheyenne Baker what she read made her more than jump for joy.

"It was an invitation to join the 2019 Track and Field Athletics Tour to Canada - I couldn't believe my eyes," Cheyenne said.

She is one of three shire students, including Charlotte Carney and Nicholas Gough, who were handpicked and offered a place on the Sport Travel Australia tour.

"Shotput and running are my two sports. I've made it to State competitions a number of times and I am just getting back into training after the summer break.

"I train by myself with guidance from Mum (Lorraine Donovan) and my aunty (Shirleen Jarrett). I do laps down at the EJ Biffen Playing Fields and Mum makes sure I don't eat any junk food."

Shirleen Jarrett took advantage of a similar opportunity when she was a young athlete back in 1989.

"It was a really good experience - it really pushed me. Cheyenne has talent, she's just got to get into her training," Shirleen said.

Nambucca High sports teacher Colin Hocking said the tour was offered annually.

"It's such a great experience - the travel, the training ... it really opens up the world of sport to these kids," Colin said.

"It really shows them the motivation, the drive and the effort needed to be an athlete. They train with top coaches and are in an environment with all these others who are highly competitive."

The tour comes with a $7875 price tag - $1575 of which has already been donated by Nambucca Heads RSL Club, from their Club Grants fund.

Assistant Manager Wendy Mills said the scheme was open to anyone in the community.

"We donated $95,000 back to the community last year. We give ongoing support to some families and also the Lions Club," Wendy said.

If you would like to help Cheyenne get to Canada contact Lorraine Donovan on 0431 462 530 or rainedonovan14@gmail.com.

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