Burgess and Howe Given Time to Prove Fitness

Athletics | Published: Wed 5 March 2008

WAIS athletes Paul Burgess and Kym Howe have had the door to Beijing jarred open after the Australian Olympic Committee confirmed the pair would be given extra time to prove their form and fitness after missing the recent Australian Selection Trials through injury.

Burgess 28 and Howe 27 have both recorded A qualifying jumps in their pole vault field but missed the chance to book their spots to Beijing via the national championships with Achilles tendon and shoulder injuries respectively.

Burgess will be looking to compete in his third Olympics after representing Australia at Sydney and Athens. He injured his Achilles tendon last November and has been undergoing treatment since, which has seen him back in daily training recently.

Howe is aiming at her second Olympics in succession but has been hampered by a shoulder complaint which required surgery just weeks prior. Howe's prognosis is not yet known, but it is believed she will be fit in time to press her claims for selection.

Both athletes will need to be back and competing by mid June in a bid to prove their form and fitness, with the decision made in recognition of their experience and past high performance.