ONE TO WATCH: 11-year-old Brady Purcell from Monto.
ONE TO WATCH: 11-year-old Brady Purcell from Monto. Alex Treacy

High jumper leaps to new PB at track and field championships

A STUDENT at St Therese's Catholic Primary School in Monto has been buoyed by his results at the recent Queensland School Sports 10-12 years Track and Field State Championships, where he jumped a personal best in high jump.

Brady Purcell, 11, placed eighth in a field of 20 competitors at the championships, receiving a ribbon for making the top 10, but what pleased him more was beating his own personal best by four centimetres, leaping 1.38m under pressure.

Purcell said the key to high jump was in the run up.

"You've got to sprint,” he said.

"Then, make an arch with your back.”

The championships were held on August 15-16 at the Queensland State Athletics Centre, formerly QEII, on Brisbane's south side.

Purcell is coached by his dad Kevin and Pat Dingle, who has coached generations of young Monto athletes.

Kevin said he competed in high jump a bit when he was younger, but conceded that his son was already showing more promise than he ever did.

Purcell is developing into a well-rounded athlete: he also competed in the shot put, discus and long jump events at the Wide Bay School Sport Track and Field regional trials in Bundaberg in June.

He will also start Little Athletics later in the year.

Purcell's passion, however, is parkour, a form of urban acrobatics, where participants run, leap and climb through built environments.

He said he was enthralled after watching videos on YouTube.

Parkour originated in France and practitioners are typically from the inner-city

Purcell agreed that he was somewhat hampered by Monto's spacious design and absence of skyscrapers, staircases and other obstacles.


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