Ross­moyne ath­lete to rep­re­sent WA

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

RE­MEM­BER the name Lil­lian Sharp.

The young Ross­moyne res­i­dent could be one of Aus­tralia’s fu­ture sport stars, but what is less cer­tain is which sport that might be in.

Eleven-year-old Lil­lian has the Mi­das touch when it comes to sport, ex­celling in swim­ming, net­ball and Lit­tle Ath­let­ics.

As well as ap­proach­ing her 50-game mile­stone for the Wil­let­ton Net­ball Club, Lil­lian was re­cently named ‘most promis­ing fe­male swim­mer in their first year’ at the South Shore Swim­ming Club and holds two records in two age groups as part of Shel­ley Parkrun.

How­ever, Lil­lian’s mother Emma said her daugh­ter’s biggest achieve­ment to date was her selec­tion to rep­re­sent WA in a na­tional cross-coun­try com­pe­ti­tion in Queens­land next month.

“Lil­lian said she wanted to try out, as it is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther her cross-coun­try run­ning – mid­dle to long dis­tance are her favourite events,” she said.

“When she started run­ning she was de­ter­mined to one day wear the yel­low and black track­suit that the state run­ners wore.”

Lil­lian said she had been ner­vous when she found out she had made the team but was ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete.

“I don’t have a chance of plac­ing in the race but I aim to run a per­sonal best time and en­joy the experience,” she said.

“There are so many amaz­ing run­ners across Aus­tralia and it’s a priv­i­lege to make the team.

“I am us­ing it as an experience and op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent my state and hope that this is the start of a long run­ning ca­reer.

“I would like to con­tinue with Lit­tle Ath­let­ics un­til un­der-17s and hope­fully im­prove my cross­coun­try run­ning with com­pe­ti­tions like this one.”

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d484470

Lil­lian Sharp has the Mi­das touch when it comes to sport.

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