Fulton flying high
DAVID Fulton stands at 198cm and counting.
He is also extremely athletic and jumped his height when he cleared a massive two metre high jump to smash Joe Ellul's 23-year-old record by 7cm at the recent Wide Bay Secondary Schools Carnival in Gayndah.
Today, the 15-year-old Bundaberg Christian College Year 11 student will go for gold at the Queensland Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships at QEII Stadium.
Fulton was pipped for second when he bagged bronze in the event at the 2008 titles.
Last year, he was one of four athletes who jumped 1.88m, but he endured the disappointment of being relegated to fourth place on a count back.
Fulton achieved four national and two state qualifiers at the Bundaberg and District Secondary Schools Carnival in late August, and he also was a big winner of the long and triple jumps at the Regional trials, but high jump is the event he excels at the most.
He has improved in giant leaps and bounds this year under uni-versally respected mentor Jim Stephenson, already achieving his goal for this year of 2m.
But Stephenson said he may have to improve again to be a winning chance with the state record at 2.11m set by Kane Briggs in 2004.
“Four boys have come all the way through together and any one of them could win on any given day, but David is in great form and if he is at his best, he is a big chance to win,” Stephenson said.