All systems are go for Alana to break national record
TWO-time defending Commonwealth Games champion Alana Boyd has experienced her best build-up to a season in years and is primed to break her national record.
The 30 year old from Alexandra Headland has been plagued by pre-season injuries in the past but is thriving, as she looks to prepare for the domestic season.
With the national championships in March and with qualifying opportunities for next year's world championships beckoning, Boyd says she's well placed.
"It's the first time in a couple of years that I've started (a season) without coming back from rehab or surgery so I feel like I'm starting from a better position right from the outset," she said.
"In the past I have felt like I was trying to play catch-up so it's great I can start from this level this time and hopefully I will build on the momentum I had last year in Europe and at the Comm Games."
Boyd enjoyed a strong European campaign before winning at Glasgow amid horrendous conditions.
She believed the Australian record of 4.76m - which she set at Perth in early 2012 - was within touch this summer.
"I feel like I've still got more in me to jump higher so I hope to beat that," she said.
"To set another Australian record would be a great confidence booster going into the next European season and then the world championships."
A perennial threat at national and Commonwealth level, Boyd is keen to make her mark on the big stage at Beijing in August.
She was ranked ninth in the world this year with an effort of 4.65m. The top jump was 4.81m.
"But at major championships it's not about how high you jump, it's about medalling (in varying conditions)," she said.
"So I'm definitely aiming to make the final. If you can make the final then you have a chance to win a medal."
Boyd was at Palmer Coolum Resort last night celebrating her gold medal win at Glasgow.
Fellow Coast competitors who were at the Commonwealth Games, marathoner Melanie Panayiotou and pole vaulter Matt Boyd (Alana's brother) were recognised.