Sally Pearson (then McLellan) taking out the 100m hurdles in Melbourne in 2009. VIEW GALLERY
As I watch the World Championships in Doha, I remember how 10 years ago I was prepping for my third world championships as an individual athlete. My very first world championships was when I was 16, when I ran as part of the 4x100m relay team in Paris.
This photo was taken at the '09 World Athletics Tour meet in Melbourne. Although a troublesome back hampered my lead-in to the worlds in Berlin that year, I was proud to still compete in the 100m hurdles final.
While on that occasion it wasn’t my day, I always felt that run at the 2009 World Championships is where it all began for me.