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Champion effort by brave Sarah

Sarah Eckert won three gold medals.
Sarah Eckert won three gold medals. Kurt Eckert

ROBERT Wilson lost his daughter Michelle to cancer earlier this year.

Ten-year-old Sarah Eckert lost her mother.

Together, they are battling on and doing their best to cope with their loss.

Michelle Eckert was only 47 when she passed away but Robert and his granddaughter Sarah are sure that she's still with them, especially when it comes to athletics.

Michelle used to take Sarah to athletics and she was always so proud of the effort her young daughter put in.

Sadly, she died a couple of months before she could see Sarah produce an outstanding performance the Queensland Primary Schools Athletics Championships at QEII Stadium in Brisbane.

The Granville State School student won all five events she contested in track and field for Athletes with a Disability (AWD).

She won the long jump, shot put and discus before starring on the track by winning gold in the 100m and 200m.

Now the brave little girl has something else to tell her mum, but she's sure she already knows.

Sarah is now a national champion after another string of impressive performances in the Australian Primary Schools Athletics Championships in Darwin.

She won the 200m in a personal best time of 31.91secs and the long jump with another personal best of 3.51m.

She also came second in the 100m, discus and shot put and won gold in the 800m relay.

Sarah said she knew why she had performed so well again.

"Mum was with me all the way - she always is," she said.

"I talk to her all the time."

Her grandfather said he was sure that his daughter would be feeling so very proud of her baby.

"Michelle just loved seeing Sarah giving it her all in athletics," she said.

"You couldn't wipe the smile off her face when she was alive and there's no doubt that she would be smiling down from heaven now."

Topics:  athletics cancer


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