UWA Athletics Club pole vaulter Nina Kennedy is heading to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast after winning the women’s pole vault title at the Australian championships.
After clearing her personal best with a new height of 4.71m, she knew that she could be competitive and reach the podium.
The Perth pole vaulter recently launched herself into the top 12 in the world, and has been on a successful run, setting four personal bests in the span of two weeks.
Nina cleared 4.60m to win the title, equalling the championships (and, then, world record) set by event pioneer Emma George in Sydney in 2000.
Coming in at second place was fellow UWA Athletics Club athlete Liz Parnov, while sister Vicky Parnov came in at equal third with a height of 4.10m.
In the men’s, student athlete Stephen Clough finished in fourth, yet third placed Australian, with a height of 5.15m. The same was true of student athlete Cruz Hogan, who finished fourth, yet third Australian in javelin.
Elsewhere, there were plenty of positive results for UWA, with Grant Szalek finishing joint fifth in the men’s high jump, and alumni Zoe Timmers finishing joint third in the women’s high jump.
With the Australian Commonwealth Games team beginning to take shape, there looks to be a strong squad forming, with a break-out of youth that will be promising heading into Tokyo in 2020.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events