Jody McCarthy-Dempsey has set a new high jump record with a jump of 1.48m

Breaking athletics records

by Mike Isle

Selwyn Athletics club member eleven-year-old Jody McCarthy-Dempsey has broken the high jump best performance record that was last set in 1985.

The youngster cleared 1.48m at the athletics Canterbury interclub meet at the new track, Nga Puna Wai, to break the U11 girls’ record held by K Nelson of 1.47m and set 33 years ago.

“The win means Jody now has her name in the junior record book three times, still owning the U7 discus record of 16.74m and the U8 shot-put record of 7.70m,” says club president, Gail Krsinic.

“We have some excellent young high achievers at the club. As well as Jody holding her three Canterbury records, Maia Broughton holds five Canterbury records in the girls U13, U14, U16 and U17 100m and 200m sprint titles and Neihanna Mata’afa until very recently held two Canterbury records in the boys’ U8 shot-put with 9.50m and U9 shot-put with 11.12m.

“The Selwyn club is well supported by the council, the reserve committee and local businesses.

We have 200 club members, of which 85 compete in interclub on a Saturday, and all of our athletes strive to do their very best every week.

“We are very community-based and have the interclub night as well as a club night for those wanting to be involved in extra training.

“We are very proud of our athletes and the accomplishments we are seeing across the board.”