The sky’s the limit for one of Bunbury’s most promising young athletes.
High jumper Bailey Reimers kicked off the new year in style, winning gold in January’s Little Athletics State Country Championships with a leap of 1.90 metres on his home turf.
The 16-year-old also clinched gold in the Under 18s Boys’ High Jump and silver in the Open Men’s High Jump at last month’s West Australian State Athletics Championships.
“Taking away the State Championship gold was pretty great and it’s great that all of my work is paying off and I am actually getting somewhere,” Reimers said.
The competition saw him achieve a new personal best of 2.06m.
Reimers is about to travel to Sydney to compete in next month’s Australian Junior Athletics Championships.
“That is going to be a really good opportunity because of the energy of the crowd and it’s a really prestigious competition,” he said.
“It is going to be a really great opportunity to channel that energy and hopefully get a great height and jump.”
The athlete is making leaps and bounds towards reaching 2.08m – the qualifying mark for this year’s Youth Olympics in Argentina.
Reimers’s life revolves around a schedule of fitness, physiotherapy, training, competitions, and Year 11 studies.
Since taking up the sport in May 2017, Reimers has already broken the South West Interschool Record and Bunbury Little Athletics High Jump Record.
He represented the state at last year’s National All Schools Championships in Adelaide.