Dual Olympian and two-time Commonwealth Games champion Alana Boyd bettered her own Australian pole vault record when she cleared 4.77 metres at a meet on the Sunshine Coast in January 2016.
At the 2010 Dehli Commonwealth Games, Boyd won gold in the pole vault, a title she defended at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She made her Olympic debut in 2008 at Beijing, placing 16th. She bettered her position to 11th at the 2012 London Games.
At her Olympic debut in Beijing, Boyd made Australian Olympic history when she became the first athlete to join both parents as Olympians. Her mother Denise (née Robertson) won the 200m gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton and ran in two Olympic finals (1976 and 1980) in the 200m finishing seventh in both. Her father and coach Ray Boyd was also a Commonwealth Games champion and dual Olympic pole vaulter.
The athletic genes continue to run in the family, having two siblings who also represent Australia internationally; sister Jacinta in long jump and brother Matt in pole vaulting.
In 2004 Boyd graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Business Management.
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Pole Vault Women
Larn, AB, Boydie
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
- 2008 Beijing - 16th (pole vault) 2012 London - 11th (pole vault)
- 1st (pole vault) – 2016 IAAF World Challenge (Melbourne, Australia)
- 1st (pole vault) – 2016 Auckland Track Challenge (Auckland, New Zealand)
- 1st (pole vault) – 2016 Adelaide Track Classis (Adelaide, Australia)
- 11th (pole vault) – 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
- 2 x Olympian -11th in London
- 2 x Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
- Australian Record Holder - 4.77m
- Mooloolaba State School (QLD, Australia)
- Immanuel Lutheran College (QLD, Australia)
- Bachelor of Business Management - University of Qld (2002 - 2004)
Ray Boyd (2002-2009 and 2013-current)
Maroochy, Queensland, Australia
Primary Training Base
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Positano, Italy
- Favourite music
- Anything and everything
- Dream car
- Personal Motto
- Dream big, train hard and don't die wondering
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Ski jumping
- First Olympic Memory?
- Trying on my parents Olympic uniforms as a kid