Reach­ing for great heights

Ellenbrook Advocate - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIAN pole vault medal hope­ful Nina Kennedy says she is both ner­vous and ex­cited about com­pet­ing at the Com­mon­wealth Games this month.

Kennedy, who turns 21 on April 5, en­ters the event hav­ing cleared a per­sonal best of 4.71m in Fe­bru­ary.

“I’m feel­ing ner­vous,” she said at a send-off for WA-based ath­letes. “But I’m ex­cited. “I know when I get there I’ll be ex­cited.”

Kennedy said an eighth-place fin­ish in Fe­bru­ary’s World Indoor Cham­pi­onships in Eng­land had of­fered her valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence against the world’s best.

“Go­ing over to Europe was ac­tu­ally re­ally good for me,” she said.

“I got some re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence and jump­ing against the best girls in the world has just boosted my con­fi­dence.

“Coming back, get­ting over jet lag, get­ting back into train­ing, I’m feel­ing re­ally good.”

Kennedy said she would love to fin­ish on the podium but be­lieved wind con­di­tions could be a ma­jor fac­tor in de­ter­min­ing who takes home the medals.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Pole vaulter Nina Kennedy is steel­ing her­self for the Games.­mu­ni­ d480858

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