Paul ‘Budgie’ Burgess

PB Ath031_med57cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm,  watercolour paper rough.
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Paul was in great form domestically in 2005 clearing 5.91, 5.95 and 6.00m – the three highest vaults on Australian soil. His 6.00m vault moved him to No. 8 in world pole vault history. He won his third national title in March 2005.

After repeating his national title in February 2006, and winning the Sergei Bubka pole vault meet in Donetsk, Ukraine, he unfortunately failed to clear his opening height at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

He had a most successful 2006 European circuit highlighted by a win at the IAAF Grand Prix final in Stuttgart with 5.82m – ending the year as world number 2 on the IAAF Rankings. In 2007 his ranking was first, a single point ahead of compatriot Steven Hooker.