Albany high jumper Rory Wolfe participating in Athletics West Little Athletics development squad

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Albany high jumper Rory Wolfe is in the Athletics West Little Athletics development squad .
Camera IconAlbany high jumper Rory Wolfe is in the Athletics West Little Athletics development squad . Credit: Laurie Benson

Albany youngster Rory Wolfe is gaining valuable experience in the Athletics West Little Athletics development squad after his impressive performances at local and State levels last season.

Wolfe earned a place in the squad for high jump and his Albany centre performances helped him finish in the top eight for the State, given the normal WA championships were not held.

The energetic 12-year-old only started doing the Fosbury flop style in November last year and received gold at the country championships at Margaret River in January this year.

This is the first time Wolfe has been part of the development squad and was set to compete at the State championships before COVID-19 hit.

Wolfe currently holds a personal best jump of 1.43m and is aiming to reach 1.52m by the end of the year, which is the record for Albany.

“It feels natural to be in the air, I like the adrenaline when I’m jumping,” he said.

“It feels pretty good to be selected and means a lot.

Albany high jumper Rory Wolfe is rising through the ranks.
Camera IconAlbany high jumper Rory Wolfe is rising through the ranks. Credit: Laurie Benson

“I want to get 1.52m by the end of this year and I’ve just got to keep on training to get to that goal.

“It’s a good sport, why not do it?

“I want to thank Dan (Smith) for teaching me how to Fosbury flop.”

The squad is part of the Athletics West development pathway which encourages athletes to attempt to gain selection in the Little Athletics Australia team championship event at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season.

The first session of the program was held in October and another recently this month before the final two on November 29 and December 6.

Wolfe travels to Perth to take part in practical sessions at the WA Athletics Stadium and seminars at the HBF Swimming Stadium.

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