Western Australian sprint sensation Sasha Zhoya has won the prestigious 2018 Bay Sheffield 70m & 120m Gift double at Collie reserve in Glenelg.
In a blistering performance over the two days Melville athlete Zhoya (5m) has charged down local favourite Harrison Hunt (6.5m) in a nail biting 120m final. The win secures a unique and historical 70/120m double which has not been done for three decades. He has also pocketed over $16 000 in prize money in the process.
The free trip earned by Zhoya was handed to him by the WCAL who decided it was time to send a worthy contender and winner of a WA gift over for a crack at Australia’s largest tourism professional gift event. This amazing opportunity can only be provided in professional running environment with the West Coast and South Australian professional leagues working closely together. The Hamersley LAC has been fantastic to host the entry event over the past 7 years.
“The first time I watched my sister participating to a WCAL event, she made $20. I was 9 year old, or maybe 10 at the time. I was so frustrated to be too young to participate. So, as soon as I could, I got into it. I did not win a thing for 2 or 3 years, not even close to making any finals! But I stuck to it, then I won the U14 HLAC Junior pro-run, then all the way to Bay Sheffield. Pretty awesome really! I need to thank all my coaches too. I train very hard and make huge sacrifices to my everyday life, but by the end, the hard work is worth it.” – Sasha Zhoya.
2014 U14 Hamersley LAC Junior Gift
2016 Mullewa 70m Jim Wilson Sprint Gift
2016 Mullewa 120m LiveLighter Novice Gift
2016 Mullewa 120m LiveLighter Open Gift
2016/17 WCAL Athlete & Sprinter of the Year
2017 Mullewa Bendigo Bank 550m Gift
2017 WCAL Hamersley 120m Open Gift
2017 SA Tourism Bay Sheffield 70m Sprint Gift
2017 Coopers Bay Sheffield 120m Open Gift