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WAIS vaulting trio get back to work
WAIS vaulting trio get back to work

WAIS pole vaulters Liz Parnov, Alana Boyd and Amanda Bisk have had their first week back at training following their selection for the Commonwealth Games in India in October.

Their coach Alex Parnov has delivered the past three Commonwealth Games women's pole vault champions and it will be up to the trio to continue that success with Canada's Kelsie Hendry and England's Kate Dennison the greatest threat.

Boyd, the senior member of the group at 25, said a jump in the region of 4.60m would be required for her or her training partners to take gold following in the footsteps of Emma George (Kuala Lumpur 1998), Tatiana Grigorieva (Manchester 2002) and Kym Howe (Melbourne 2006).

Boyd said it was a relief making the team because an injury prevented her from jumping off a full-run-up for much of the season.

"It was not the ideal preparation but I managed 4.30m in my first competition and then 4.40m at selection trails to come second behind Liz," Boyd said.

"The goal is now to build towards Commonwealth Games and fortunately we have a bit of time before then."

She said the best is yet to come and was confident of improving on her personal best of 4.56m this season.

Boyd, who relocated from Brisbane to Perth six months ago to join Parnov's training group, said she has fitted in well making use of the best training environment in the country.

"The conditions and the track are fantastic," she said. "There have been a lot of technical changes, which are not second nature yet, but which I hope will fall into place as I build towards the London Olympics in 2012."

Bisk said it has been a dream come true to be selected in her first Australian team alongside Parnov and Boyd, who she trains alongside every day.

"It has always been an ambition to get on an Australian team and to finally do that is amazing," Bisk said.

With a personal best of 4.40m she has set 4.50m as her target for the season.

"I feel I am there technically but now have to try and do it in competition after a really good pre-season," she said.

Parnov, the youngest member of the team at just 15-year-old, said she could not believe how quickly it has all happened for her.

"I will be going to India to do my best but I see it as a learning experience and am not putting any pressure on myself to get any medals," she said.

Her older sister Vicky was in the same position four years ago when she was the youngest member of the track and field team for Commonwealth Games.

Vicky Parnov has missed out on selection for India.