TEEN IN FOR MORE HIGHS
PUSHING through the pain that threatened to derail his track and field dream, Townsville’s Brenton Foster is still aiming high.
High jumper Foster, 17, flies to Miami today with the 22member Australian team to prepare for next week’s IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.
The biennial track and field championships for athletes aged 17 and under, which will this year feature 1237 athletes from 153 countries, has long been one of Foster’s goals.
His qualification was sealed in April with a second leap of his personal best of 2.09m inside six months but his preparation took a major hit in the final six weeks after he tore his quadriceps at the Oceania Championships in May.
It heavily restricted his ability to train for a month and he was hit with a double blow two weeks after returning when he injured his ankle.
Foster thankfully managed to land his pre- departure requirement of 2.04m at a meet in Brisbane between the injuries but the teen admitted there had been times when he questioned what he was doing.
“Getting those injuries,
it was really hard to think that I’m not going to do as well as I had hoped, or that I wasn’t going to push myself through the injuries,” he said.
“It did really suck and I started to not try as much at training and there was about a week where I was thinking ‘ I don’t even want to do this anymore’.
“I’ve been injured ahead of events before a few times and you always push yourself through and with your parents’ help and coach’s help you can get out there and do your best.”
Despite still carrying the ankle injury, Foster will push through the pain and still has set his sights on finishing as high as possible and trying to reach his goal of 2.15m.
“It’s going to be a lot harder to push through the pain in my ankle and hopefully it settles down and is fine by the time I get over there,” he said.
“But I’m still definitely hoping to get top- eight and make the final and everything.
“It would definitely be great to do that.”
Foster will continue a strong history of Townsville athletes competing at junior athletic events in recent years, following hammer thrower Robert Johnston in Barcelona in 2012 and sprinter Bradley Edwards at Oregon in 2014.
The William Ross State High School Year 12 student will compete at 1am Australian time on July 17.
FIGHTING PAIN BARRIER: Townsville high jumper Brenton Foster is heading for the World Youth Championships for track and field event in Colombia.