Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Hurdler to Don Green and Gold; Aussie Kirra Faces International Test

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Hurdler to Don Green and Gold; Aussie Kirra Faces International Test

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Byline: Tom Bushnell

MOUNT Crosby product Kirra Csurhes is preparing to represent her country for the first time at the Oceania Area Championships at Townsville from June 25-28.

The elite 100 metre hurdler earned her place on the national team after outstanding performances at the recent Australian championships at Sydney.

Csurhes was surprised to hear of her selection after hamstring tightness left her finishing sixth in the under-20 final in a time of 14.71 seconds.

That effort was a 0.16 seconds slower than her personal best time of 14.55, which she ran in the heat.

"I didn't think I was going to make it," Csurhes said.

"I thought I would nominate because you never know what is going to happen, so luckily I did.

"It's kind of crazy. I didn't think I would get to do it (represent Australia) this season."

The 19-year-old, who took several years off after suffering stress fractures in her back in 2016, only returned to training under dedicated coach Vic Pascoe last year. Being a spectator at the state titles inspired her to get back on the track.

For her comeback season, the dynamic duo had set their sights on the national final. Her green and gold call-up exceeded all expectations.

"I was doing heptathlon, which flared up my back," she said. "So I took some time off to get strong before coming back into it.

"I had to make sure my back was okay and ensure my core was strong enough to support my back.

"I wasn't planning on competing.

"I was happy to make the final, so making the Australian team was pretty cool.

"It will be a great experience."

The Ipswich and District Athletic Club star, who took part in Little A's throughout her childhood, said she had no idea what to expect when she takes on the best athletes from around the Pacific. However, Pascoe, who has coached at this level in the past, believes the Kiwis and Kumuls will pose the greatest challenge. …

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