A SPRAINED ankle late last year, which prevented Scotts Head-trained Carson Hudson from properly preparing for the athletics Country Championships at Hunter Sports Stadium, didn’t stop him from winning a long jump gold medal.
The Melville High School, Kempsey, student smashed his previous best jump of 5m and 17cm as he landed a 5m and 49cm to claim first.
Carson backed up those efforts to claim bronze in the 100m, and fourth in the 200m sprints.
The 14-year-old competed in scorching hot weather as the temperature gauges soared above 40 degrees. This resulted in the long jump event being reduced to three jumps instead of six.
The alteration didn’t deter Carson as he maintained his composure to make his three jumps count.
“Carson was extremely happy with his jumping and winning gold,” his mother Tiana Adamson said.
“In the sprint events, Carson was happy with his placing as it was only the second time he has run on a synthetic track.”
In the sprint events, Carson was happy with his placing as it was only the second time he has run on a synthetic track.Carson's mother Tiana Adamson
Carson also produced personal best times in the sprint events as he stopped the clock at 12.35 seconds and 25.23 seconds for the 100m and 200m events, respectively.
The athletic youngster is trained three days a week by Ritchie Donovan at Scotts Head and Carson dedicates as much time as he can to improving.