Emily sets the state’s pace

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Kenji Sato

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.

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