Cairns has continued it’s reputation for attracting the top level of Australian athletes, hosting the first of the two Athletics North Queensland Vertical Jumps meets.
Western Australian Institute of Sport Head Pole Vault Coach, Alex Parnov has for the second year in a row brought his squad to Cairns for a week long training camp in preparation for the 2017 World Championships in London. Parnov was joined by Kurtis Marschall’s coach Kym Simons and Head Coach of the National Jumps Centre, Gary Bourne.
Much to the athletes and coaches pleasure Barlow Park enjoyed some serious tail winds, gusting over 40km/h at times during the first competition held on Sunday afternoon.
Whilst the local officials and athletes may have found conditions a bit cool, the South and Western Australian jumpers thrived in the tropical winter temperatures, with both Kurtis Marshall and Elizabeth Parnov attempting jumps that would have set new personal bests. Unfortunately for both they just fell short, with Kurtis just glancing the bar on his second attempt at 5.72m and Elizabeth’s third attempt at 4.52m falling agonizingly close.
Marschall’s clearance of 5.60m set a new Stadium record for Barlow Park, improving on Angus Armstrong’s jump of 5.25m set in 2016.
Over on the high jump mats, local athlete Aaron Chapman set another B Qualifier for the World Championships in the T47 Men’s High Jump, clearing 1.90m as he continues his preparations for London.
The squad will spend this week training and enjoying the conditions and facilities on offer in Cairns before having a final hit out on Saturday 10 June at Barlow Park. Competition starts at 10am, with free entry for those who want to witness some of the best pole vaulters in Australia.
For full results of Meet #1 visit www.athleticsnorthqld.org.au