LONG WAY TO THE TOP: Kerrie Taurima in action at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Picture: AAP
LONG WAY TO THE TOP: Kerrie Taurima in action at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Picture: AAP

Highs and lows

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au THE 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games was a career high and low for former Kyogle athlete Kerrie Taurima.

She claimed a silver medal in the long jump behind fellow Australian Bronwyn Thompson but injured a foot, which has meant she hasn't been able to jump competitively since.

But that is about to change next week when she heads to Bangkok, Thailand, to compete in the World University Games from August 8 to 18 where she will represent Southern Cross University.

"I had a tendon injury at the bottom of my foot," Taurima told The Northern Star from a training camp in Spain.

"I've had a big break because it's been taking forever to heal.

"Originally I was in a cast for six weeks it's been very frustrating."

Taurima has been back in full training as soon as her injury allowed and has been in Spain with an Australian Institute of Sport team since early July.

The World University Games is looming as a big occasion for the long-jumper.

Not only will it be the primary school teacher's first competitive jump since the Games but it will be her last chance to make the Australian squad for the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Taurima said.

"The last time I competed in the World Students was at South Korea and I finished fourth by a centimetre.

"The meet is just before world champs, too, so there might be some athletes using it (Students) as a warm-up."

To qualify for the world championships, Taurima needs to equal the A-qualifying mark of 6.70m. Her personal best is 6.66m at the Commonwealth Games.

"I really, really want to go to the world championships," the 27-year-old said.

"Unless I do an A-qualifying mark and look really good it's not likely I'll get there.

"But it's been in the back of my mind. If the conditions are really good (at Bangkok) I might get a couple of opportunities if it's hot and sunny."

Hot and sunny in Thailand?

Maybe Taurima's luck is beginning to change.

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