Ashleigh Jones wants to try and break personal best results at the Oceania Athletics Championships.
Ashleigh Jones wants to try and break personal best results at the Oceania Athletics Championships. Mike Richards

Ashleigh set to go for it and see what happens

IF the sun was to disappear when Ashleigh Jones arrived at the Oceania Athletics Championships, the Gladstone athlete would probably win.

Jones does not have superb eyesight or anything supernatural about her - she simply trains in the dark the majority of the time.

Arriving at Gladstone TAFE Oval as the sun is saying goodbye for the day, Jones doesn't get discouraged, putting in the effort anyway.

The effort will land her in the Cook Islands, challenging the best athletes in Oceania, an event she accidentally came across while looking for something to fill her strong desire for big athletic competition.

"I guess I came across it by looking at another event, applied and waited to see," she said.

"I have been to an international event on the Gold Coast, but this is probably the biggest I have been to."

A little nervous about what could happen during her four events, Jones is not carrying any unrealistic expectations into the championships.

As with her training in the dark, she will put in the effort and see what comes out.

"I don't look at results, just go for it," she said.

The simple mantra is what the 20-year-old hopes will one day see her relocate to the Gold Coast with an opportunity to advance to bigger international competition.

Training four days a week in Gladstone and one in Rockhampton, she would also like to dedicate less time to work and more time to training, a change which could see her running in the sunlight.

For now though, Jones is slugging it out in the dark, with a little help locally to get her to the championships.

"I have to thanks Cement Australia for their donation for these games," she said.

Jones will compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump from June 24-26.