By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
SHE may be only 10, but Ashleigh Jones appears to have a promising future in athletics.
Ashleigh will join 12-year-old Shenay Weyers and other athletes from across the country at the national championships in Adelaide.
Ashleigh was selected to represent Queensland after winning the multisport event at the state trials in Brisbane recently.
Shenay will travel to Adelaide to compete in the under 12 girls discus.
Ashleigh's event encompassed four sports, with competitors competing in 100 metres, long jump, shot put and the 800 metres.
At the end of the four events Ashleigh came out on top, winning the gold medal and earning her state selection.
Doing athletics with the Gladstone Athletics Club for the past three years, Ashleigh said her dream was to one day make the olympics like her idol Jana Pittman.
Ashleigh said she was rapt to make the Queensland team and was looking forward to the national titles in Adelaide. "It's exciting and a very big achievement, it will be a good experience,'' she said.
Ashleigh's training regime consists of an hour and a half training session three days a week.
According to Ashleigh's coaches Rick and Kathy Hughes, she could quite easily achieve her goal of one day making the Olympics.
"If she keeps going at this rate, she has definitely got a very big future in the sport,'' Kathy Hughes said.
Looking over Ashleigh's results it is easy to see how she has achieved such a high level at such a tender age.
The 100 metres only takes her just over 14 seconds, while her slight frame gives an unrealistic indication of her strength, measuring 6.74 meters in the shotput.
Kathy Hughes said Ashleigh's achievement was even more impressive because she had beaten athletes from Brisbane who had the advantage of much better training facilities.