RECORD BREAKER: 12-year-old Sophie Duff has broken the Gladstone Little Athletics high jump record which was set 25 years ago.
RECORD BREAKER: 12-year-old Sophie Duff has broken the Gladstone Little Athletics high jump record which was set 25 years ago. Paul Braven

Sophie leaps up, into the record books

EMERGING athlete Sophie Duff leapt her way to a new Gladstone Little Athletics record.

The youngster broke Leesa McGreevy's high-jump record set back in the 1990-91 season by clearing the bar in 1.47m at the Derby St athletics oval.

The remarkable thing is that Sophie does not rate high jump among her favourite events. .

"My preferences are the long jump and 100m events," she said.

"High jump is not a preference at all and I have never trained for it, but it was really fun."

The 12-year-old, who is also a talented touch football player, said the secret to her high success could be from one of her specialties.

"I think the speed from doing the 100m sprints kind of helps where I can accelerate," Sophie said.

On top of school hours, the happy-go-lucky Sophie trains three times a week after school at an hour session each.

She also plays Touch for two hours at a time on Sundays and Mondays.

VIDEO: WATCH SOPHIE DEMONSTRATE HER HIGH JUMP SKILLS

Sophie Duff: Sophie Duff, 12, is a record-breaker in a discipline that she doesn't even practice in!
Sophie Duff: Sophie Duff, 12, is a record-breaker in a discipline that she doesn't even practice in!

Sophie's father Richard said everything came together on the day.

"It was a bit out of the blue and her technique was just spot on," Duff said.

"She shot the eyes out of the technique it was so good."

Sophie just missed out on a regional record in triple jump and that was after an eight-week break.

"She set a national record in Bundaberg in the long jump and finished first in the 100 metre sprints against the boys and girls," Duff said.

It's just the tip of the iceberg for Sophie and her Touch Footy coach Luke Peachey summed it up perfectly.

"The sport is going to choose her."

SOPHIE DUFF

AGE: 12

NEW RECORD: 1.47m

OLD RECORD: Previously held by Leesa McGreevy and set in 1990-91 season.