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Paul Stickler------------------------Class of 2002, 18 Years

2003
Paul represented Australia at the 2002 World Schools Games in 110m hurdles, 100m and relay. Going into the meet as the no. 3 ranked hurdler and the number 6 ranked 100m sprinter, Paul finished 4th and 5th in those finals consecutively and also 4th in the relay final.
Returning to Australia, Paul set his sights on breaking the Australian U18 record of 13.48 set by Mohamed Zeed in 2001. Paulís best legal time stood at 13.77 which he had run into a headwind whilst recovering from gladular fever to win the 2002 National Title. It was apparent to him that he was capable of bettering the national standard, and rather than start preparing for the higher senior hurdles, Paul decided to spend the rest of 2002 preparing for the under 18 record. Paulís best opportunity to beat it would come at the Australian All Schools in December. The only problem being the venue: Hobart is notorious for headwinds.
Headwinds were what faced Paul in Hobart and he ran the final into a -3.9m/s breeze to record a time of 13.87. An approximate adjustment back to 0.0m/s would give Paul about 13.40 and if you turn the wind around to the maximum legal assistance of 2.0 it would approximate his time in the 13.20 second range. However, it was not be and Paul would never again contest the lower height. Not to be outdone, Paul won both the U18 and U20 national titles. In the U20 title, Paul also missed a shot at the Australian Schools record of 13.99, recording 14.23 into another headwind.
With the lower hurdles now behind him, Paul now set his sights on the senior height hurdles. Paul won Bronze medals at the NSW Open Championships and was unfortunately disqualified in the U20 title for a break. Paul was invited to run his first Telstra A series in Sydney and finished with a disappointing time albeit only his third ever run over the senior hurdles.
Described by Athletics Australia as Australiaís best chance for a spot in 110m hurdles for the World Junior Championships in 2004, Paul went to the 2003 Australian Open in Brisbane with high hopes for a sub 15 second time. Paul contested the Open 110m hurdles finishing 5th in the heats with a second best time of 15.28 seconds into a minus 2.9m/s headwind. Once again allowing for wind adjustment, Paul would have achieved his goal of breaking 15 seconds. Then in the National Junior title over the lower hurdles, Paul finished with the Silver medal behind the in-form Mohamed Zeed.
Surprisingly, Paul finished off the season on a very high note. He was asked to run in the NSW U20 4x400m relay team. The race was 10 minutes after the U20 hurdles final. Paul barely had time to accept his medal and change into NSW colous when he was thrown onto the track to run the first leg. A brilliant lap of the track placing the NSW team in the lead came from Paul who gave the best 400 effort he has ever run, with the team finishing with the Silver medal.
Notably, Paul holds every NSW record for the hurdles (U16, U18 & U20). Only the open record held by Warren Parr (1976 Olympics) eludes him

2002
Paul Stickler won medals at every major tournament this season from State to National to International competition. Clearly his finest performances in his career, despite being defeated for the first time ever in his Little Athletics career. Ironically Paul finished his Little A's career with the Silver medal after 6 years straight as the NSW hurdles champion. He has only ever been beaten by one NSW athlete in those seven years, and it took a State record in "dead heat" time to do it at the NSW All Schools Championships. Paul's equal time of 13.72 was a personal best at that time.

2002 Update
Paul represented Australia at the 2002 World Schools Games in 110m hurdles, 100m and relay. Going into the meet as the no. 3 ranked hurdler and the number 6 ranked 100m sprinter, Paul finished 4th and 5th in those finals consecutively and also 4th in the relay final.

It has been an exceptional season from Paul who remained undefeated in the U18 110m hurdles, setting 4 NSW records on the way. Paul brought Willy Wicks record down from 14.18 seconds to 13.77 seconds, albeit under the influence of a bout of glandular fever. Kyle Vandur-Kypís National under 18 record was 13.72 seconds, before it was bettered last year by Mohamed Zeed of Victoria in 13.44 seconds. This is the time Paul is aiming to beat before the year is out.

Another of Paulsí higlights was becoming a member of the 10 second club in the 100 metres. He joins a short list of 6 other WAC athletes who have done so. Paulís best legal time is 10.96 seconds, although he has run 10.81 wind assisted; not a bad effort for a hurdler. Paul holds most NSW records in hurdling, including NSW U16 100m hurdles, NSW U18 110m hurdles and NSW U16 200m hurdles. He also holds NSW All Schools records in 15 years 100m hurdles, 16 years 110m hurdles and 15 & 16 years 200m hurdles.

Since Paul has been a student at Westfields, his win/loss ratio at Championships in hurdles is 38 wins and 5 losses, with 4 of those losses competing against older athletes. He is unquestionably our most highest achieved hurdler at his age thus far (except Willy Wicks; 1998 World Juniors).

Paul has already set his targets for the up-coming season as 13.48 seconds in the U18 110m hurdles, which would be an Australian U18 record, and running 14.64 for the open 110m hurdles in time to run the Telstra 'A' circuit and qualify for the World Junior Championships.

In Hobart, Paul had missed much training with injury problems, but that didn't prevent him from coming up with even faster times. Paul won the Silver medal at the Australian Underage in the 200 m hurdles in a sizzling 26.26 seconds and Bronze in the 100 m hurdles in his best ever of 13.43 seconds. At his first ever serious run over 400 metres, Paul also ran for NSW in the 4 X 400 m relay winning Bronze for NSW.

At the 2000 Pacific Schools Games, Paul ran his 3rd best time ever in the 100 m hurdles, but it wasn't good enough to make the final this time around. With the pressure now off him, Paul put all his energies into the event in which he had little preparation; the 200 metres hurdles. Paul took the Silver medal at PSG in the 200 m hurdles in 25.85 seconds.

One of Paul's ambitions this season was to break a very special record. It was one set by WAC's greatest ever hurdler; Willy Wicks. Paul took almost half a second of his mark.

2001 - Update
Paul Stickler is becoming WAC's finest ever male hurdler. One of his goals is to better the records of Willy Wicks, and so far he has taken them all one by one. Among Paul's incredible performances during the season was his amazing run at the NSW All Schools back in August of 2000. His coach had talked him into entering the 110m hurdles one year ahead of commencing training for the event. At the age of 15, Paul won the 16 years race in a new State schools record of 14.37. His time would have won the 17 years state title as well.
After the dust had settled from this unbelievable run, Paul had to return to the lower and closer-spaced 100 metre hurdles race for the rest of the year. He went on to break the NSW CHS record and NSW under 16 record for the event, as well as the NSW All Schools and NSW under 16 records for the 200m hurdles, and then equalled the NSW U18 record for 110m Hurdles, The tough Interstate opposition he had encountered from previous years could not keep up with Paul at the Australian All Schools Championships this time. Paul convincingly won both hurdle events, long and short, and missed the National records in both by mere hundredths of a second. In 2001, as a 16 year old, Paul competed at the Australian Under 18 Championships.
He had missed the State titles with an injury and missed much training. He was up against two Western Australian hurdlers , older and faster, and one of whom would smash the Australian Record. Paul finished third and easily went under the qualifying time required for the World Youth Championships. Paul missed selection for Hungary, and will be too old next time around, so now sets his target at bettering the National under 18 record and a possible attempt at the 2002 World Juniors, but definitely the 2004 World Juniors.
Personal Bests:
100m ------------------------------10.96
---------------------------------------10.81w
200m -------------------------------22.31
110m hurdles 91cm------------ 13.77
110m hurdles 99cm------------ 14.23
110m hurdles 1.07m ---------- 15.13

Season highlights 2002-03:

National Ranking:

2003 Open 110m hurdles 15.13 number 10
2003 U20 110m hurdles 15.13 number 4
2003 U20 110m hur 99c 14.38 number 2
2002 U18 110m hurdles 13.77 number 1
2002 U20 110m Hurdles 14.23 number
2002 U18 100m 11.18 number 8
2002 World Schools Games, Caen France
4th place in 110m hurdles 14.10
5th place in 100m 11.03
4th place in medley relay final

Telstra A series
Sydney Telstra A series 110m hur 8th 15.93

National Championships
2003 Aust. Open U20 110 hur 14.38 Silver
2003 Aust. Open U20 4x400 3.17.31 Silver 2002 Aust. All Sch. U20 110 hur 14.23 Gold
2002 Aust. All Sch. U18 100m 11.15 Bronze
2002 Aust. All Sch. U18 110 hur 13.87 Gold
2002 Aust. All Sch. U18 4x400m 3.23.69 Bronze
2002 Aust. All Sch. U18 Sch. Rel. 44.49 Gold


State Championships
2003 NSW Open Op. 110 hur 15.51 Bronze
2002 NSW CHS 17+ 110 hur 14.47 Gold
2002 NSW All Sch. 17 100m 11.09 Silver
2002 NSW All Sch. 17 100m 22.39 Bronze
2002 NSW All Sch. 17 400m 51.03 Bronze 2002
NSW All Sch. 17 4x100m 44.02 Gold

Honours:
2002 World Schools Games (hurdles, 100m & relay)
2001/2002 Westfields Scholarship winner
2002 Australian Youth Champion 110m hurdles
6 NSW U18 & U16 sprint hurdles records
NSW Schools records (3 CHS & 3 All Schools)
Australian Schools Champion (110m hurdles)

National Rankings
2001 110m hurd. U18 14.18 Number 3
2000 U16 100m hurdles 13.43 number 3
2000 U16 200m hurdles 26.26 number 2
2000 100m Hurdles U16 13.09 Number 1
2000 200m Hurdles U16 24.71 Number 1
2000 110m Hurdles U18 14.37 Number 6
1999 U16 100m hurdles 13.72 number 14
1999 U16 200m hurdles 26.66 number 9

National Rankings
2002 U18 110m hurdles 13.77 number 1
2002 U20 110m Hurdles 14.60 number 4
2002 U18 100m 11.18 number 8
2002 U18 200m 22.31 number ?
2001 U18 110m Hurdles 13.87 number 3
2001 U18 100m 10.96 number 8

National Championships
2002 Australian Youth U18 110 hur 13.77 Gold
2002 Australian Youth U18 100m 11.39 6th
2002 Australian Youth U18 4X100 42.19 Gold
2002 Australian Youth U18 4x400 3.25.50 Silver
2002 Australian Open U20 110 hur 14.60 Silver
2002 Australian Open U20 4X100 41.22 Gold
2001 Aust. All Sch. U18 110 hur 13.87 Gold
2001 Aust. All Sch. U20 110 hur 14.95 Silver
2001 Aust. All Sch. U20 Sch. Rel. 42.18 Gold rec
2001 Aust. Youth Champ. 110m Hurd. U16 14.18 Bronze *
2000 Aust. All Schools 100m Hurd. U16 13.09 Gold
2000 Aust. All Schools 200m Hurd. U16 24.73 Gold
2000 Aust. All Schools 4X100 Sch. U16 44.03 Gold rec
2000 Aust Underage U16 100 hurles 13.43 Bronze
2000 Aust Underage U16 200 hurles 26.26 Silver
2000 Aust Underage U16 4X400 3.38.12 Bronze

2000 Pacific Schools Games
2000 Pacific Games U16 200 hur. 25.85 Silver

State Championships
2002 NSW Open U20 110 hur 14.84 Gold
2002 NSW Open U20 100m 11.41 5th 2001 NSW CHS 16 100m 11.01 Silver
2001 NSW CHS 16 110m hur 14.13 Gold rec
2001 NSW CHS 16 200m 22.31 Bronze
2001 NSW CHS 16 4X100 44.58 Gold
2001 NSW All Sch. 16 100m 10.81 Bronze
2001 NSW All Sch. 16 200m 22.82 Silver
2001 NSW All Sch. 16 110m hur 14.08 Gold rec
2001 NSW All Sch. 16 200m hur 24.24 Gold rec
2001 NSW All Sch. 16 4X100 42.71 Gold rec
2001 NSW Relays U20 4X100 41.75 Gold rec
2001 NSW Relays U18 4XLJ 22.20 Silver
2001 NSW Relays U18 4X100 43.33 Gold
2001 NSW Relays U18 4X200 1.30.75 Gold
2001 NSW Relays Open 4XPV 14.55 Bronze
2001 NSW Relays B U18 4XDisc. 132.15 Bronze
2001 NSW All Schools 110m hurd. 16 14.37 Gold Rec 2000 NSW CHS 100m 15 11.59 Bronze
2000 NSW CHS 100m Hurd. 15 13.12 Gold Rec
2000 NSW All Schools 100m Hurd. 15 12.7 Gold
2000 NSW All Schools 200m Hurd. 15 24.9 Gold Rec
2000 NSW All Schools 4 X 100m 15 46.1 Gold
2000 NSW Underage- U16 100 hur. 14.04 Gold
2000 NSW Underage- U16 200 hur. 28.03 Gold
1999 NSW CHS------ U14 100 hurd 14.04 Gold
1999 NSW CHS------ U14 4X100m 48.18 Silver
1999 NSW All School 14 100 hurd 13.72 Silver
1999 NSW All School 14 200 hurd 26.67 Gold


International / Domestic Tournaments
Pacific Sch00l Games
2000 200m Hurd. U16 25.85 Silver
Sydney Youth Olympics 110m Hurd. U18 14.41 Bronze * World under 18 Championships qualifying performance

World School Games
2002 World Schools Games, Caen France
4th place in 110m hurdles 14.10
5th place in 100m 11.03
4th place in medley relay final
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