RUN AND JUMP: Kala Rideout launches off the board and into the air during her long jump win at the Port Curtis school athletics.
RUN AND JUMP: Kala Rideout launches off the board and into the air during her long jump win at the Port Curtis school athletics. Paul Braven

Jump start for Kala’s title double at athletics meet

KALA Rideout started her defence of the Port Curtis athletics age champion in style yesterday, jumping her way to first in the long jump.

It was the first event for the 16-year-old from Biloela, and one she rates in her top three disciplines.

She is better at triple jump and javelin, which both took her to the Queensland level last year.

Despite being so different in nature, the throwing and jumping both come naturally to Rideout.

And she knows how to get the best out of her body.

"I think I have high expectations, so I want to excel and I am very determined," she said.

Rideout doesn't ever find it hard to put her best in, even if she has made friends with her competitors over many year of Port Curtis representation.

She loves getting the chance to catch the bus into Gladstone and catching up with friends from other schools.

The difficulty is sitting on the bus for an hour-and-a-half and then getting her body into full swing.

The problem created some disappointment despite winning the long jump, Rideout missing out on a personal best 4.60m with a 4.38m jump.

But the result was good enough to see her through to the next stage, and keep Rideout hoping she can again challenge at the state level.

It would be the second time this year school sport has taken her to the elite of the state. "I am a swimmer too, I got 15th in my butterfly at states, and I went for freestyle as well," she said.

Action for Rideout will continue today at Gladstone CQUniversity's TAFE Oval Campus.



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