Ashleigh has spring in her step
NOOSA high jumper Ashleigh Reid is starting to believe anything is possible, even an Olympic berth.
The 24-year-old yesterday won gold at the Australian Athletics Championships in Melbourne with a jump of 1.8m.
While she failed to make the qualifying height of 1.95m at the recent Olympic trials she says the result had put a wind at her back and a spring in her step.
She has until June to make the grade and said her confidence was growing by the day after a breakout season.
"I've just shocked myself this season," she said.
"I never thought I'd do as well as I have. I'm starting to believe that anything as possible.
"Really for me this year had been all about training but it's turned into so much more. I won't be upset if I don't make it. But I'm just so determined now."
Two-time reigning Queensland champion Reid has had her strongest season to date.
She came first at the Adelaide stop of the Australian Athletics tour as well as finishing second at Sydney and Melbourne. She was the best performed Australian at all three.
Reid, who trains under Troy Russell at the University of the Sunshine Coast track, only began to concentrate on high jump two years ago after previously focussing on decathlon.
She said she would now consider going to Europe for its athletics season in an attempt to qualify for London.
To do so she must improve her personal best by 10cms.
However she said she knew she still had a long time in the sport - and expected to still be in contention for Rio De Janeiro in 2016 - and would not be upset if she did not book an Olympic spot.
"This has just topped off my whole season," she said of her national championship.
"I've always wanted to get an Australian title. I'm just ecstatic."