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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Olympic hopeful Josh Hall turns his attention from London Games to AFL debut with Gold Coast Suns

Olympic hopeful Josh Hall turns his attention from London Games to AFL debut with Gold Coast Suns

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Olympic hopeful Josh Hall turns his attention from London Games to AFL debut with Gold Coast Suns

By Greg Davis
Herald Sun
July 12, 2012

Former champion high-jumper Josh Hall leaps over the head of Suns teammate Zac Smith. Picture: Luke Marsden Source: Herald Sun

Josh Hall could have been finalising his preparations for the London Olympics.

But this weekend the former high jumper will be making his AFL debut.

The 22-year-old Gold Coast Suns player will be named to face Richmond in Cairns on Saturday.

Hall, who won a bronze medal at the 2007 world junior athletics championships, saw his first live match when the Suns upset the Tigers at Cazaly's Stadium last year.

The 197cm Hall comes from Townsville and his selection was sealed with a handshake from coach Guy McKenna at Metricon Stadium on Wednesday.

He was taken at No.94 in the 2012 rookie draft, fast-tracked into the Suns Academy, and earned his call-up with his hot form in NEAFL.

Hall, who produced a personal best of 2.26m in 2010, clearing the B qualifying height for the Commonwealth Games nine times, was overlooked for the Delhi Games.

"London was always in my sights, but the main goal was Rio in 2016," Hall said.

"After I got knocked back for the Commonwealth Games I wanted some time off. That's when I found footy.

"(Making his debut) hasn't really sunk in yet. It is something I've been dreaming about for a month. It's going to be a big couple of days."


So lets not only make it hard to choose athletics as a career for financial reasons, let's ignore our most promising talent for major teams and force them out altogether.
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