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Jumping Jake to represent Australia
John Paul College student and Vice Captain, Jake Grevsmuhl, has been selected to represent Australia at the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in the Isle Of Man in September.
The Year 12 student will travel more than 15,000 kilometres to compete in the 16-17 years Long Jump for his first National event.
A strong participant in all things sport, Jake juggles his Year 12 studies with sports, including soccer, volleyball, athletics, cross country at John Paul College.
The 17 year old’s passion for athletics began five years ago with Little Athletics training, with his skill and aptitude progressing to Queensland representation for individual and multi events within a couple of years.
Jake’s main event has been the Decathlon, which happened to be the event where his jump qualified him for the Youth Games, providing the opportunity to compete overseas.
“I’ve never been to Europe so this is an exciting opportunity for me,” Jake said.
But the jet lag shouldn’t be an issue for the eager jumper, confident that he will “definitely be able to beat my PB of 7.21 metres at these Games.”
Jake received a call on the Tuesday before Easter with the good news of his qualification and is aiming for a jump of 7.50 metres at the event in July; a new personal best.
Jake’s inspiration is Australian long jumper, Fabrice Lapierre, who is a Commonwealth and World Indoor Champion. His plans for an athletics career have seen him drop his multi events to focus on long jump for the next two years.
“I’m looking into colleges in America to study and compete at the same time, but in the meantime I’ll be training hard on the track,” Jake said.
Jake has some big hurdles to face over, but as a John Paul College Horizons student completing Year 12 over two years to focus on his athletics, he still has another year and half to decide where he’s going and if he’ll be the next Australian athlete to receive a gold medal.