Helensvale hurdler Sally Pearson has her sights firmly set on winning gold in front of a home crowd at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, after claiming a second world 100m hurdles crown in London.
The ecstatic athlete took to her Facebook page to celebrate the win with her husband, Kieran.
“I AM THE WORLD CHAMPION!!!!!!!” she posted, alongside a selfie with Kieran and her gold medal.
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The 30-year-old, who grappled with injury last year, forcing her out of the 2016 Rio Olympics, has admitted she had to dig herself out of a ‘dark place’.
“I’d come through the injuries and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, whether I wanted to stay in the sport or whether I was going to retire,” she told the BBC.
“And then I thought ‘what the hell am I going to do? I don’t really have anything else but my sport’.”
Pearson has named champion Australian aerials skier Lydia Lassila as giving her the motivation to get back up and also become her own coach.
When flying between Sydney and the Gold Coast, the former Helensvale High School student watched Lassila’s “The Will To Fly” documentary about her journey against the odds to Winter Olympics gold in 2010.
“That resilience to get back and get to the top again was really inspirational,” Pearson said.
“I just watched that movie and I thought (Lassila) had those what ifs and she still did it.”
She decided to set new goals and part ways with her coach Ash Mahoney.
Pearson became her own coach.
“As soon as I made that decision everything seemed light again and easy again.
“I made choices, but I made the right choices for me.”