Emily sets the state’s pace
A Cobram girl was declared the fastest eightyear-old in Victoria when she ran the 1500 m race at the regional athletics competition for primary school students in Albury on October 20.
Emily Davies ran in the under 9/10 division against many older students but clocked in at six minutes and three seconds, the fastest any eight-year-old has ever run in Victoria.
Her speediness earned her second place and qualified her to run in state finals in Melbourne on Monday, where she ran 1500 m in six minutes and five seconds.
Despite being the youngest runner, she battled the rain and finished the race even after many other runners quit halfway through.
The Year 4 St Joseph’s student said she was ‘‘very surprised’’ when she heard she was the fastest Victorian in her age group.
‘‘I thought the older kids were going to be much faster than me,’’ she said.
‘‘I was really nervous on the day.’’
Emily turns nine in November, which is why she was grouped with some of the older students.
She said the secret to her success was interval training, which she regularly does with her mother.
The mother-daughter team does 15 sets of 100 m sprints with breaks in between to train their aerobic capacity and cardiovascular fitness.
‘‘My mum was always quite sporty, even when she was little,’’ Emily said.
Emily’s enthusiasm for sport runs in the family and she has been training since she was six years old.
Her effort has paid off and she looks forward to running in more competitions in the future.
‘‘It feels really good,’’ she said.
Quick: Emily Davies ran 1500 m in six minutes and three seconds.