Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

CASEY ON WAY UP; Multi-Talented Bell Has Promising Future

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

CASEY ON WAY UP; Multi-Talented Bell Has Promising Future

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DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

RISING Ipswich athlete Casey Bell is thriving on competing against older girls at state and national level.

When asked what her favourite moment was after a busy couple of months, the Brassall-based 13-year-old showed her willingness to learn.

"Probably just the experience,'' she said. "It's really good to meet and watch different people.''

Competing at higher level competitions provided an added bonus for Casey.

She received encourage- ment from national youth high jump coach Sandro Bisetto at the recent Australian Junior Track and Field Championships in Perth.

"That was very exciting,'' Casey said. "He just gave me a few tips when I was jumping and when I was running back and little bits I need to fix.''

She achieved a personal best 1.66m in the under-15 high jump.

Casey, who turns 14 in May, first displayed her promise at the Ipswich Little Athletics Centre, where she is still a member.

However, it's been since moving up into the senior club she has excelled.

She won silver medals in triple jump, long jump and jump at last month's state titles before top five finishes in high jump and triple jump at the recent national titles.

Casey's dad Gavin said quality coaching and working with older girls at the Ipswich and District Athletic Club had helped his daughter reach a new level.

"It's been a pretty good season,'' he said.

"We're just trying to keep her injury free. She's been going well.''

Casey was happy with her progress.

"It's really really helpful to get up to that higher standard,'' she said of competing in under-15 events.

The West Moreton Anglican College year nine student has been participating in athletics for about six years.

Casey won the under-14 high jump and collected silver in the triple and long jump at the most recent Queensland Little Athletics Championships. …

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