Hunter Schultz off to the Pacific Games for long jump

ONE BIG LEAP: Henschke Primary School pupil Hunter Schultz has qualified for the Pacific Games in Adelaide later this year after a personal best in the long jump at the NSW PSSA titles. Picture: Les Smith
ONE BIG LEAP: Henschke Primary School pupil Hunter Schultz has qualified for the Pacific Games in Adelaide later this year after a personal best in the long jump at the NSW PSSA titles. Picture: Les Smith

A new personal best has Hunter Schultz set to take on an international field in long jump.

The 12-year-old has qualified for the Pacific Games in Adelaide in December.

He finished third in the NSW PSSA long jump competition, with a new best mark of 5.10 metres.

The Henschke Primary pupil was leading the competition at one stage, but was still impressed with his efforts.

“I was surprised when I got 5.10 and then no one had jumped five metres but when I got it I was coming first but then two people overtook me after that,” Hunter said.

In the end 5.17 metres took out the gold.

Still, he’s excited to have qualified for Adelaide, especially this year with students coming from countries across the Pacific to take part.

“I don’t really know what is it going to be like as the last two years I haven’t made it, but my friend has made it,” Hunter said.

“It’s the Pacific Games this year, normally it is just nationals, so there are going to be New Zealanders there which is pretty good.”