Hard work pays off

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ATH­LET­ICS: Hay­ley Reynolds and Caitlin Tay­lor are tes­ta­ments to what hard work and per­se­ver­ance can bring.

The train­ing part­ners are state cham­pi­ons af­ter both claim­ing gold medals at the Queens­land School Sport Track and Field Cham­pi­onships.

The wins will see them rep­re­sent Queens­land at the na­tion­als ti­tles in Cairns in De­cem­ber.

They train un­der the watch­ful eye of leg­endary Lock­yer Dis­trict Ath­letic Club coach Bai­ley Pash­ley four days a week at his base in Karra­bin.

The Faith Lutheran Col­lege stu­dents are no strangers to the big stage and have each com­peted in sev­eral state and na­tional ti­tles be­fore.

Hay­ley, 15, claimed two gold medals in the long jump and 4x100m, as well as a bronze in the 200m this year.

“I was re­ally just in it to see how I was per­form­ing,” she said.

“I have done a lot of train­ing and hard work, I was hop­ing for some (per­sonal best times), which I did get in two of those events.

“We’re al­ways work­ing hard and get­ting the re­sults is what keeps you mo­ti­vated, just al­ways want­ing to bet­ter your re­sults.”

The Hat­ton Vale ath­lete knows what it takes to take out a na­tional long jump crown but ad­mit­ted the nerves never went away.

“I’m still feel­ing ner­vous but con­fi­dent that I’ve done it be­fore,” she said.

“I love do­ing it, not just be­cause I’m good at it.”

Caitlin, 13, took home three golds in the 100m, long jump and 4x100m events and a sil­ver medal in the 200m from states.

She will head into the na­tional ti­tles at the end of the year on the back of golds in the 100m and 200m at the 2017 cham­pi­onships.

“(Train­ing) is a bit hec­tic,” she said.

“We put our hard­est in and it comes out with a good re­sult. I’m go­ing there to do my best but get­ting a medal would be even bet­ter.”

❝it,

I love do­ing not just be­cause I’m good at it.

— Hay­ley Reynolds

MEDAL HAUL: Hay­ley Reynolds.

Caitlin Tay­lor.

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