Emily was NSW age champion in 100m hurdles from 2016 to 2019, and won the national title in 2016. She achieved a Youth Olympics qualifying time in 2017.

“I used to be a decent 200m runner when I was a lot younger ….As I got older, I started preferring the 100m sprint and had a lot more success with the hurdles,” Emily said.

She is inspired by Olympic champion Sally Pearson, who “really led the way for women’s hurdles in Australia” and former Cherrybrook duo Jenneke and Hannah Jones.

“Michelle and Hannah really helped mentor me back then and it was really intimidating to be racing them when I first started in Opens but they help bring out my best race every time I line up next to them,” said Emily, who said she has gained a lot from being at the Cherrybrook club.