𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐁𝐮𝐝𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐬𝐭, 𝐇𝐮𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐲
August 19-27, 2023- Sydney Francisco’s journey in athletics began during her formative years, and by the age of 13, she beganon a transformative path under the guidance of Ms. Mizuki Honda, a JICA Volunteer, who was working with Palau Track and Field Associaiton as a Coach, and trained her as a Hurdler, and got Sydney to compete in the 100m and 400m Hurdles back in 2018 Micronesian Games in Yap, FSM.
In 2019, Sydney progressed to the next phase of her education, transitioning from Koror Elementary School to Xavier High School in Weno, Chuuk. However, due to the challenging circumstances of drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, she returned to Palau and enrolled at Palau High School.
At the age of 15, Sydney shifted her focus to sprint events, making her mark in high school competitions such as the BIIAA Athletics Championships, BIIAA Cross Country Seasons, and the Belau Games.
The peak of her athletic journey arrived in 2022 when she proudly represented Palau at the Oceania Area Championships in Mackay, Australia. She competed in the 100m and 200m sprints and there, she achieved a personal best times of 13.80 seconds in the U18 100m sprints, and a 29.20 seconds in the 200m.
Following her performance in Mackay, AUS, her progress improved and received the honor of representing her country at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. She competed in the 100m, and set another personal best with a time of 13.48 seconds as she was in the same Heats with Sha’Carri Richardson, from USA and the World Champion in 100m in 2023.
After her race, she continued to train in Budapest with some of the Athletes from Oceania Region as well as an opportunity to witness the finals in the Womens 100m.
She retuned back to Palau on the 30th of August and now attending the Palau Community College as well as continuing her Ahtletics training in preparation for the upcoming Pacific Games in Solomon Islands in November 2023.