Band of Qatar heroes
Talented quartet: Corey Polkinghorne, Daniel Tranter, Kurt Jenner and Andrew Neville. Picture: Wesley Lonergan
BY MICHAEL CHAMMAS
These four boys are used to walking down the street wearing thongs, boardshorts and a singlet. But when they arrive in Qatar for the World
School Games on Thursday, things will be a little bit different.
"They have different cultural beliefs over there," swimmer Daniel Tranter said.
"We can't show our shoulders or knees so there goes three-quarters of my stuff."
The only time the Westfields Sports quartet will be seen in shorts or Speedos in Doha will be
when they are sweating it out on the athletics field or in the pool.
Kurt Jenner, 16, and Andrew Neville, 17, will be competing in long jump and high jump respectively, and are the only two
athletes representing Australia in track and field.
"I missed out on the finals in Italy at the World Youth Championships this year," Jenner said.
"So hopefully this time I can make the final and maybe push for a medal if I can."
To qualify for the World Junior Championships in Canada next year, Jenner need to eclipse his personal best of 7.24 metres with a distance
of 7.50 metres.
But for Neville, qualification is only one centimetre away from his personal best, needing a 2.14 metre jump to -
book a birth in Moncton.
The heat of the Middle East won't be a concern for Tranter who is set to spend most of his time in the water.
The 17-year-old's hectic schedule includes the 50 metre and 100 metre freestyle, 200 metre breaststroke, 200 metre backstroke and the 200
metre and 400 metre individual medley.
His Westfields team-mate Corey Polkinghorne will also take to the pool in the 50 metre and 100 metre freestyle.
"I'm aiming for a personal best," Polkinghorne said.
"I haven't done one for a while."
2nd December 2009