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Jocelyn Ann Cubit (nee Millar)

Jocelyn Ann Cubit (nee Millar)

Member 1997

b. 23 March 1962

The elder of two outstanding athletic sisters, Jocelyn (Jo) competed for Tasmania from 1975 to 1991, with her main event being the gruelling multi discipline heptathlon which is conducted over two days and requires the mastering of seven separate events. She won national titles for the heptathlon in 1983 and 1985 as well as a long jump gold medal in 1991 and was a member of Tasmania's first ever national 4 x 400 metres relay winning team in 1990.

Jo had special talents even as a junior athlete and she was noticed by the national selectors to the extent that she was selected to represent Australia in the heptathlon at three successive Commonwealth Games - Brisbane 1982, Edinburgh 1986 and Auckland 1990 with a best result of 6th in Auckland. In 1985 she also competed for her country in the Pacific Conference Games in San Francisco and won the gold medal - the highlight of an outstanding career.

During the course of those 15 consecutive years she represented Tasmania, Jo's excellent performances included representing Australia five times, winning four national titles and seventeen silver medals and setting Tasmanian records in the heptathlon, high jump, long jump and hurdles. Three Tasmanian records set in 1988 and 1989 are still standing.

She was also voted Tasmanian Athlete of the Year in seven consecutive years - 1981 to 1987 - and received five Mercury Star of Sport awards.

A very talented sportswoman, Jo also represented Tasmania at both Under 21 and Senior level netball and won an Australia Day Award in 1986 as Sportsperson of the Year. She is regarded by many as one of Tasmania's best ever track and field athletes.