Aussie pole vault hope
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.
Pole vaulter Nina Kennedy is steeling herself for the Games.