Year 12 Kingston Community School student Mitchell Pinkerton has achieved great heights in athletics this year.
Mitchell broke the open boys long jump and triple jump records at sports day this year.
Mitchell beat Daniel Bell’s triple jump record from 2002 by 36cm, eclipsing the previous mark of 12.70m with 13.06m.
Mitchell beat Craig Cooper’s long jump record by 11cm, with Cooper landing 6.26m to Mitchell’s 6.39m. Mitchell has been training in the gym over the last year with a goal to take his athletics to the next level, through hard work and dedication.
Mitchell spoke about his inspirations to go further with the Leader.
“In watching the Olympics last year with the long jumpers and 100m runners, I just wanted to get better,” Mitchell said. “Breaking the long jump record last year started it off for me, I just wanted to beat it again so I’ve just continued to motivate myself to improve over the last year.”
Mitchell went to Mile End Athletics recently and had a lot of success with a string of achievements.
“I won long jump, triple jump and high jump so that was a good achievement,” Mitchell said. “I came third in the 100m with a new personal best, 11.65 seconds. It’s a lot harder up there obviously. There’s a lot more competition with their level of coaching and all that kind of stuff.”
Mitchell plans to go to Adelaide next year on a gap year to try and take his athletics to the next level, with aspirations to try out for state and get involved with some athletics organisations in the city.
“I haven’t had a chance to sort out any coaching yet but it’s early days,” he said. “I plan to in the future though with maybe Athletics SA in Adelaide with their range of events and everything they hold.”