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Faith's leap to nationals

RAPPVILLE athlete Faith Pittman (pictured) has battled her way to the long jump finals at the National All Schools Championships in Canberra in December.

Faith finished third at the state titles in Sydney and is hoping to raise funds for an upgrade to her training facilities at Queen Elizabeth Park in Casino.

"We're trying to raise some funds for the trip and anything extra will go towards the outdoor sporting grounds," her mother Robyn Pittman said. "The money would be for a run-up surface, 60-70m training lane and discus cages.

"Training on grass is fine but being able to measure out their run and getting used to a competitive track surface would be great."

Robyn will often drive to Lismore three times a week so Faith can use the long jump facilities at Riverview Park.

She has also made calls to coaches who have given her tips on how to coach her daughter.

"I don't think it's fair that our country kids miss out on going further because they have less facilities," Robyn said "Little Athletics in Lismore have kindly lent our Casino club two temporary cages for discus.

"But this means the volunteer's have to put them up each week and pull them down until we can afford permanent ones."

Topics:  athletics long jump