Victoria Mitchell

Victoria Mitchell

Athletics Schedule & Results

(Local) / 10:21 AM 13 Aug (Rio)
Women's 3000m Steeplechase Round 1 - Heat 2

9:39.40 (10th)


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Athlete Biography

A bronze medal at the 2016 Australian Athletics Championships helped Victoria Mitchell become the third steeplechase runner to be selected for the Rio Olympic Games, alongside fellow Team members Madeline Hills and Genevieve LaCaze.

Growing up in the small Victoria town of Mansfield, Victoria Mitchell has been a long distance runner specialising in the steeplchase on the international stage for over a decade.

After school she completed a Bachelor of Education (P.E. with honours) at the University of Ballarat.

Mitchell moved to America in 2004 to study a Masters in Education on a scholarship at the Butler University, Indianapolis. Whilst studying she competed at the World University Games in 2005 and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games where she placed fourth in the 3000m steeplechase.

2006 was the year that she set her personal bests for the 3000m steeple, mile, 3000m and 5000m. She was fourth in the World Cup final in the Athens Olympic Stadium.

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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing – 32nd (3000m steeplechase)

Recent Performances

  • 3rd (3000m steeplechase) – 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 3rd (3000m steeplechase) – 2016 IAAF World Challenge (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 26th (3000m steeplechase) – 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
  • 2nd (3000m steeplechase) – 2015 Joensuu Games (Joensuu, Finland)
  • 9th (3000m steeplechase) – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)

Career Highlights

  • Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006 - 4th

Education

  • Primary
    Mansfield Primary School
  • Secondary
    Mansfield Secondary School
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Education (PE with Hons) University of Ballarat (2000-2003). Masters in Education, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, USA (2004-05).

Training

  • Coach
    Peter Good (2015 - current)

Q&A

Superstition/s
Superstitions are a prison!
Dream car
MINI Cooper (brand new or Countryman)
Personal Motto
I always work at being my best self and enjoy empowering others to be their best self.
Star Sign
Taurus
I would spend my last $10 on
A coffee and banana bread from About Life Cafe.
Tattoos/Piercings
Olympic rings - left ribs - my greatest achievement Stars - right ribs - stars are always on your side. Amor Fati (latin for love of one's fate) on left wrist. Ace of diamonds right arm - My father called his four kids his four aces and I was the diamond (he is dead).
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Equestrian - showjumping
Most Influential person in your career/life
Other than myself... Steve Ward (PE Teacher) and Nic Bideau.
Why this sport?
It is my talent