Excerpt from The Weekly Times, 8 August 2017
Field prospect Alyssa Lowe was the fourth monthly winner in the 2017–18 TWT Club Six/Ryde Sports Foundation Sports Star of the Year Award.
Talented athlete Alyssa has represented NSW in track and field, excelling in hurdles plus the high and long jump.
Alyssa received her $300 Sports Star of the Month award on Friday 11 August 2017 at North Ryde Golf Club at 6:00 pm.
ALYSSA LOWE is a promising all round track and field athlete in a big hurry.
The boom 14 year old scooped the pool at the Ryde Athletics Centre Presentation Day, collecting a swag of prestigious awards to underline her potential.
Alyssa capped an outstanding 2016-17 season when she received the Cramp-Mitchell Trophy for Most Outstanding Under 16 Track Athlete; Michael Atterton Memorial Trophy for Most Outstanding Female Athlete; Ian Pereira Memorial Trophy for Ryde’s best Relay team as well as the Steve Refenes Medal for a new State record.
She continues to go from strength to strength in both track, in particular hurdles, and in the field in both high and long jump. Since her first appearance for Ryde Seniors at the NSW Junior Championships in February 2016 Alyssa has added some 56cm to her long jump personal best and cut her times in the 200m hurdles by 1.5 seconds.
At Ryde she has set new Senior club records in the 100m, high jump and long jump as well as best performances on record by Ryde athletes in three hurdle distances – the 80m, 90m and 200m and long jump as well as Little Athletics records in the 200m hurdles.
Alyssa’s first Senior competition was at the NSW Junior Athletics Championships where she won a full set of medals across the three events she competed in.
She won the State title in the U/14 200m Hurdles, collected silver in the 80m Hurdles and a bronze in the long jump and carried her strong hurdles performance through to the NSW Combined High Schools Carnival.
Representing her school Riverside Girls High, Alyssa won the 13yrs 80m hurdles, having brought her personal best time down by over 6 seconds and followed that with silver at the NSW All Schools titles.
At the Australian All Schools Championships in Canberra last December, she took her time below 13seconds for the first time – producing a big personal best time to secure fifth spot.
Earlier this year Alyssa defended her 200m hurdles NSW Junior crown when she won the U/15s event in a new personal best time of 31.71sec and placed second in the U/15 long jump with a new PB and Ryde best performance on record leap of 5.15m.
At the Australian Junior Championships, Alyssa brought her 200m hurdles time down again when she secured her spot in the finals and then placed eighth.
She was unlucky to miss the final of the 90m hurdles and placed 9th overall in Australia for U15’s.
Alyssa has also proved handy as a relay competitor with her Ryde club mates and her school mates at Riverside Girls.
The Riverside girls claimed gold in the Junior jumps relay and 4x100m at the NSW All Schools Relays last year.
Alyssa made her relays debut at the ANSW State Relays Championships at Blacktown last November and was a member of the winning Ryde U/14 long jump relay team as well as picking up a bronze in the U/14 4x200m.
She was also a member of the Ryde team that claimed the State title as well as a new State record in the jumps relays at the NSW Little Athletics Relays Championships.
With her calm and relaxed nature and enormous natural talent Alyssa is an athlete who is on track for big things.