As part of the Sunraysia Academy of Sport athlete and career education program, Olympian Alethea ¬†Sedgman will be in Mildura looking ¬†to inspire our talented athletes.
Alethea is proof that growing up in the country is no obstacle to reaching the pinnacle of your sport. At the age of 18 she competed at the 2012 London Olympics in the 50m Rifle (3 positions) and the 10m Air Rifle for women.
Born in Carlton, Victoria, Alethea went to Natimuk Primary School and then completed her schooling at Horsham College. Alethea lives just outside Natimuk, a small country town in North West Victoria. She lives 5km from Mount Arapiles on a farm with her parents.
Alethea¬† grew up with a strong work ethic and began shooting when her dad started taking her sister to the rifle range, it was a good opportunity to mingle with people in the community.¬†For Alethea the idea of guns was a weapon that killed. At first she strongly disliked the idea of shooting.¬† It wasn‚Äôt until at the shooting range near Horsham she saw they were shooting at targets that she became interested. The rifle was very loud and Alethea became keen as she was a bit of a tomboy. The club was very supportive and she loved trying to beat her father.
Alethea made her Olympic debut in London at 18 years of age. She was selected on the 2010 Australian Commonwealth Games team after having only 12 months international experience under her belt. Alethea shined on the world stage as she claimed gold in the 50 m 3 positions event in Delhi, India at the age of 16. She also finished 4th in the 50 m 3 positions pairs event and 14th and 6th in the individual and pairs 10m air pistol. Alethea won the Netherland Junior Air Rifle Competition, completed at the World Cup event in Munich and won the Australia cup final in the 10m air rifle all in 2011.
She shot a personal best to win the 2012 New Zealand Championships 10m air rifle event with a score of 396, a performance qualifying score that pushed her claims to make her first Olympics in London.
Alethea has been on the national team for 3 years and will speak to the Academy athletes about her background and how she got into the sport, The challenges faced coming from a small country town and how she overcome these challenges. Alethea will discuss her commitment to the sport; the amount of training and travel she has had to do and the sacrifices made along the way. She will also touch on how she has managed her time and juggled school work with competition and training. Alethea will cover her support network and her experience at her first Olympic Games.
She will be in Mildura on Tuesday 13th August and 14th Wednesday August, speaking to not only Academy athletes on Tuesday evening from 6-7pm at MADEC, but also visiting a number of primary schools in the region.