It’s the genes

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Shirley Way

THE se­cret to Monto district’s blitz on the North Bur­nett Pri­mary Ath­letic Tri­als looks to be in the genes.

Monto sprint spe­cial­ist Laney Ariens, 12, placed first in 100m, sec­ond in the 200m, and con­trib­uted to her team’s 100m re­lay win.

“I like the feel­ing of go­ing fast and know­ing you’re in front,” the Monto district age champ said.

“I started get­ting good at sprints in Year 3-4; I nearly al­ways come first in it.”

Laney said speed was a gift she in­her­ited from her dad, a sprinter and long jumper, and her mum, who ex­celled at the 400m.

“I prob­a­bly take af­ter my dad as I’m tall like him.

“My dad is my long jump trainer; he used to be good at sports and was small for his age.”

Top run­ning and train­ing tips from her dad in­cluded “stay on your toes when run­ning”.

“If you run flat on your feet, you won’t get far.”

Fel­low Mon­to­ni­ans Sascha Dowl­ing and Madi­son Edgar were also proud of fam­ily ath­letic prowess.

Madi­son’s mother, “good at long jump”, was an in­spi­ra­tion for her 12-year-old daugh­ter who placed first in long jump and fourth in the 800m.

“My favourite is the 800m. I train a lot and I made it through in cross-coun­try,” Madi­son said.

“I train in the pad­dock at home: there and back is roughly 4km.”

Sascha, who favours dis­cus and high jump, said her dad was “good at high jump” and her el­der brother was “re­ally good at throw­ing and high jump”.

Sascha said the se­cret to throw­ing a dis­cus well was “if you’re do­ing a spin, take your time”.

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