Townsville Bulletin

MATILDA IS LEAPING HER WAY TO TOP

- MATTHEW ELKERTON

HOME Hill high jumper Matilda Richards has proven she can jump with some of the best in the state, and now she has her sights set on a bigger goal.

Richards, 13, has stepped up her competitio­n this season since starting work with Burdekin coach Glen Cornford almost two years ago.

She took out the gold medal in the

Athletics North Queensland 13-Years high jump, and finished a centimetre off her personal best of 1.55m which she set last month.

But not afraid to test herself, Richards chose to put the bar up to 1.57m after she was the only competitor to clear at 1.54m.

Richards now has her sights set on making it to nationals next year and dreams of maybe one day pulling on the green and gold of Australia on the world stage.

“Like every kid I do dream, (I have to do) a lot of training and a lot of doing what my coach gives me like the strength workouts and the feedback,” she said.

“(My coach) has taught me to have confidence in myself and be confident to jump. Don’t be scared of the bar.

“During Covid last year when I did a

fair bit of running, that was when I was getting a lot better at things and started thinking about nationals. This year I just started thinking bigger.”

Richards beat out six other competitor­s in the 13-years high jump including Ipswich athlete Indiana Platen and Cairns’ Zoe Miles.

Richards also finished the weekend with a bronze medal in the 13-years 400m competitio­n.

 ?? ?? Matilda Richards, 13, competes in the high jump at the NQ Athletics Championsh­ips.
Picture: Evan Morgan
Matilda Richards, 13, competes in the high jump at the NQ Athletics Championsh­ips. Picture: Evan Morgan

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