Jill Colebourn

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06 June 2019

Mr ALISTER HENSKENS (Ku-ring-gai) (15:42:30): With the cold days and nights of winter now upon us, it is timely for me to acknowledge the achievements of Wahroonga's Jill Colebourn, who earlier this year became the first Australian woman in 20 years to qualify for the Biathlon World Cup. This was a goal that the former Abbotsleigh student set for herself eight years ago, and it is both an important and an impressive step on the path to the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in 2022. Biathlon is the most watched winter sport in Europe. Jill Colebourn competed on the European circuit from December 2018, with the goal of accruing under 150 points for World Cup qualification. But she was able do much better than that, scoring an impressive total of 137.56 points to secure both a place in the World Cup and an invitation to the World Championships in Ostersund, Sweden. In March she competed in both the 7.5 kilometre sprint and the 15 kilometre individual biathlon in Ostersund, finishing ninetieth in the former and eighty-seventh in the latter. It capped off an outstanding 12 months for Jill, who had to overcome the disappointment of achieving personal qualification for the 2018 Winter Olympics but missing the Games because Australia, as a nation, failed to qualify.