Jarran?s last leap loss
By BRADGREEN SHIELDS
IMAGINE breaking a state record that had lasted for nearly 20 years and look to have a gold medal wrapped up, only for someone else to beat you in the dying moments of competition.
This was the scenario that Kororo Public School's Year 6 student Jarran Pfefferkorn had to endure during the recent NSW PSSA championships at Homebush.
Recording a long jump of 5.68m, Pfefferkorn broke a record that was set way back in 1986 but with the second last jump of the event, the gold medal was virtually taken out of the 12 year-olds hands.
"When it happened it was a bit disappointing," the silver medallist said.
"I was happy anyway because I knew I was going to get a medal.
"A lot of the others used to be so much better than me."
After finishing second in the North Coast zone meet behind Mullumbimby's Tim Knight, Pfefferkorn turned the tables on him as Knight managed a bronze medal.
At Homebush, the talented athlete admitted that his secret of success was to simply remember some tips picked up through his involvement in Little Athlectics.
"I was trying to think of things I did from the one time that I did get coaching in long jump," he said.
"That stayed in my mind becuase I enjoy the field events more than the running as they always make me nervous."
As he was coming first after the first three rounds at Homebush, Pfefferkorn had one chance to regain the lead as he had the last jump.
The Korora athlete couldn't beat the new state record leap but he's still content with the silver medal that was placed around his neck.