ON HER WAY: Ashley Reid is hopeful for the Commonwealth Games.
ON HER WAY: Ashley Reid is hopeful for the Commonwealth Games. Geoff Potter

Jumping out of her skin. Noosa girl sets sights high.

ASHLEY Reid is well on her way to becoming eligible to join the Australian team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this July.

The 26-year-old high jumper has been training and competing in qualifying heats to prepare herself for the final jump to the qualification announcement on April 6.

"I have a good feeling but it is still anyone's guess," she said about her chances of being chosen.

"You do not get to qualification by just one heat. There are a number of athletic meetings around Australia you are encouraged to attend before selection. I did my first one in Adelaide, and came in as a B qualifier and that makes me more confident. It puts me on track but my competition is very fierce.

"I now have two big qualifiers behind me but there are many rules and regulations (to qualify.) You can't just go into any competition. You have to be careful where you jump and when you jump. But I am looking in a good position to get before the Commonwealth Games selection committee."

Ashley, who was a foundation student at Noosaville State School and then attended Matthew Flinders Anglican College, has been serious about high jumping since her school senior years.

"At 172cm I am the shortest (competitor) in the field. I am up against girls at 180cm plus. High jumping is quite different to pole jumping. You run on a big mat and then turn towards it, go up and then back over the bar into a backwards flip."

Ashley, who has worked at Noosa Sportspower in Noosaville for 10 years, has a large fan club in her customers and co-workers.

Although her training takes her to Brisbane for much of her time, she says she will always call Noosa home.

"I'll have to make some big decisions in a few months but I have an amazing network of support here in Noosa.

"If I get selected I'll be in Glasgow for about two weeks. It is a very reachable goal.

"To go and experience competing internationally on a world stage will be thrilling and then I plan to journey on to Rio for the Olympics. The key is to stay focused."

THE GAMES

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3.

Ashley Reid will find out if she has been selected on April 6.


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