Jump­ing for joy

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JUMP­ING runs in the fam­ily for the Sza­leks.

Scotch Col­lege Year 12 stu­dent Grant Sza­lek (17) will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games in Samoa in Septem­ber.

His dad Bo is also his coach and came third in the South African cham­pi­onships for high jump in the un­der-19 event. Grant’s 14-yearold brother is also a high jumper.

“We try to keep train­ing sep­a­rate from home but it can be use­ful for get­ting the diet right,” Grant said.

“I broke my first record when I was 13 at lit­tle athletics.

“The com­pe­ti­tion record (at the Youth Com­mon­wealth Games) is 213cm and I want 214cm, so what­ever medal that gets me I’ll be happy with.”

Grant said his friends were “ec­static” when they heard that he had been se­lected.

“I just want to beat the com­pe­ti­tion record,” he said. “I’m work­ing on sprints and train­ing hard.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d439894

Grant Sza­lek, from Scotch Col­lege, is go­ing to 2015 Com­mon­wealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa.

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