AIS next stop for Jodi Elkington

WODONGA athletics queen Jodi Elkington, pictured, is back from the Commonwealth Games and preparing for her next adventure, a full-time scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Elkington arrived back in Wodonga on Saturday and, despite an upset stomach on the flight home to Australia, was still revelling in her fourth-placed finish in the T37 100-metre final.

The star sprinter has already turned her attention to the AIS scholarship, which starts November 21.

“She wants to go,” Elkington’s proud father David said yesterday.

“As long as she concentrates on her studies I’ll be happy.

“She’s been hoping for a long time to get a scholarship and now that she has got one she can see where she can get to in this world.”

Going by her performance in Delhi, the possibilities are endless for the Wodonga Athletics Club star.

From lane No.5, Elkington ran 15.08, just 0.12 seconds adrift of her personal best of 14.96 seconds, with England’s Katrina Hart winning in a personal-best 14.36 seconds.

Jenny McLoughlin, of Wales, was second in 14.68, also a PB, while Namibia’s Johanna Benson was third in 14.81.

Elkington’s time could have improved considerably had she had the correct diet in India.

The 17-year-old, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is allergic to cashews and was forced to eat canned food and salad during her time in Delhi.

Still, David said his daughter had enjoyed her first Commonwealth Games.

“She wouldn’t be upset at all,” he said.

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