It’s the genes
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”.