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Benjamin Ridley: Jumping for Gold

Year 12 student Benjamin Ridley has jumped to great heights in Athletics South Australia’s recent State Championships held on the 17-19 February  at SA Athletics Stadium, Mile End.

With a hop, step and jump, Benjamin took gold in the Men’s U18 Triple Jump, performing a personal best of 12.89m.

A technique that takes years to master, Benjamin has got it all in his stride. This track and field event sees competitors running down the track to perform a hop, followed by a bound and jump into the sand pit. The distance travelled, from the edge of the board to the closest indentation in the sand to it, is then measured.

In the lead-up to the event, Benjamin trained primarily in Triple and Long Jump with his efforts and persistence paying off. Benjamin’s success has now qualified him for Athletics Australia’s National Championships at Sydney’s Olympic Park, at the end of March.

Training hard and persisting in athletics has been part of Benjamin’s life from an early age. Benjamin began his track and field training with Golden Grove Little Athletics at the age of eight and as an adolescent, now trains and competes under Hills Districts Athletics Club.

While his jumping has reached new heights, Benjamin also trains and excels in sprinting. In the recent championships, Benjamin placed 2nd in the Straight 100m Final, with a personal best of 11.78s and 3rd in 200m, running into a strong headwind with a time of 24.14s.

“I’ve come away with a Gold, Silver and a Bronze, and qualification for nationals in all three events,” Benjamin said.

With a firm focus and commitment to the sport, Benjamin respects and follows in the footsteps of some great athletes with remarkable talents.

“I’ve been following Usain Bolt from when he was a young sprinter”, he said.

“And Mauritian-born Australian Long Jumper Fabrice Lapierre.”

Two sporting role models with an influence on young people and upcoming sporting stars, such as Benjamin.

We wish Benjamin all the best of success for the national competitions and we look forward to seeing him on the track in the College’s upcoming sporting carnival.

Mrs Amanda Fryer Marketing and Communications Officer