Pearson tips new athletics stars to emerge

Adrian Warren
Sally Pearson overcame potentially career-ending injuries to claim gold at the world championships

Olympic and world hurdles champion Sally Pearson says she'll definitely look at coaching people other than herself after she hangs up her spikes.

Pearson's stunning win in the 100m hurdles at last month's world titles in London came after she opted to coach herself.

She said on Thursday she would keep an open mind about having another coach but intended doing it herself going into next year's Commonwealth Games.

Asked whether she would coach after she finishes Pearson said: "I'll definitely look into it.

"I have coached a few younger kids and even an older adult.

"At the moment I'm still doing that because he's my training partner as well and I have a responsibility in looking after him and I have enjoyed it.

"But at the moment coaching myself is such a big ask."

She will resume training on Friday and said she was still writing her program in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, but expected to start racing again in January.

Provided her body holds up the 30-year-old Queenslander -- the 2012 Olympic champion -- would love to go to the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Pearson was bullish about the future of Australian athletics, saying she believed the sport was in a really good spot.

"I think the team that went to the world championships this year was very exciting, a very young team at the moment," she said.

"I think that sits well going into the Commonwealth Games next year.

"I think we're going to see a lot of news stars born at the Commonwealth Games and beyond, going into Tokyo 2020 as well.

"I think we're going to see a lot of outstanding results and athletics in Australia reborn; I'm really excited about it."

Pearson was especially excited about Australia's emerging sprinters.

"I think we have a lot of sprint stars on the way up with Ella Nelson in the 200, the young Riley Day in the 200 as well and also Ella Connolly," she said.

Pearson was in Sydney on Thursday to promote a three-year multi-million dollar backing of Athletics Australia and Little Athletics Australia by supermarket chain Coles.