CLEARED: Alana Boyd competes in The Winter Pole Vault Meet at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
CLEARED: Alana Boyd competes in The Winter Pole Vault Meet at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Saturday. Greg Miller

Rio-bound Boyd returns to competition

TRACK & FIELD: Alexandra Headland pole vaulter Alana Boyd on Saturday returned to competition for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in March.

The Rio Olympics-bound 32-year-old cleared 4.55m at the Winter Pole Vault Meet at the University of Sunshine Coast.

It was well short of her personal best of 4.77m but she had expected to be a “bit rusty” in her return.

finished with 4.55, I attempt 4.70 after that and no luck at that height.

“It was kind of good and bad,” she said.

“Its my first competition in a couple of months so it was probably going to be a little bit rusty and it was a little bit rusty but at the same time i did put together some good jumps.

“My 4.55 clearance was really good and my last attempt at 4.70 was actually a really good jump, probably the best of the day but the pole I was on was too soft.”

Boyd is just starting a six-meet run into August’s Games.

“It was a bit unfortunate (to only make 4.55m) and a bit frustrating but in the big picture it’s (only) the start of my campaign.”

She has a meet in Cairns and another on the Coast before three events in Europe before heading to Brazil.

While she was disappointed in her height on Saturday, she may have been more disappointed to be beaten by another vaulter, her brother Matt.

“Matt was off a shorter run-up and he hasn’t been doing a lot of training with an injury he’s had. We were going at it and unfortunately he beat me. There was as bit of sibling rivalry there,” she said.

Both competed at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in 2014.