Girl loves life in fast lane

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By LAU­REN PRIESTLEY

Ath­letic young­ster Ter­riJane Warner loves sport so much she has de­vel­oped a bone dis­or­der from ex­ces­sive ac­tiv­ity.

But the 11-year-old isn’t let­ting it hold her back.

She is tak­ing part in the St He­liers San­i­tar­ium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon on Sun­day along­side about 2500 young­sters.

The event in­cludes a 200m swim, 8km bike ride and 1.5km run in the 11 to 15-year-old age groups.

Terri-Jane has Sever’s Dis­ease, a painful bone dis­or­der caused by swelling in the heel growth plate of ac­tive ado­les­cents. It usu­ally re­solves once the bone has com­pleted grow­ing or ac­tiv­ity is less­ened.

She was di­ag­nosed three years ago and says the con­di­tion can be quite lim­it­ing.

‘‘It’s frus­trat­ing,’’ she says.

‘‘But if I can’t run then I’ll switch to swim­ming. There’s al­ways some­thing I can do.

‘‘I push my­self to the lim­its but I don’t hurt my­self.’’

Terri-Jane has tried most sports in­clud­ing surf­ing, spearfish­ing, surf life­sav­ing, swim­ming, cy­cling, run­ning, net­ball and ten­nis.

Along the way she has bro­ken both of her wrists and one el­bow play­ing sport but it doesn’t bother her.

The only sport she doesn’t like is cricket.

‘‘It’s such a slow game. I used to be part of a team for a year then I gave it up.

‘‘I like the fast sports,’’ she says.

It will be Terri-Jane’s fourth time tak­ing part in the TRYathlon. Last year she came first over­all in the 10-year-old girls di­vi­sion and she’s hop­ing to keep up the pace this year.

Her mother Bet­sie Warner says the TRYathlon is a good chance for her daugh­ter to com­pete with­out wear­ing her­self out.

‘‘Our big­gest prob­lem is ac­tu­ally lim­it­ing what she does and mak­ing sure she takes her time. Too much hard sur­face run­ning can make the Sever’s flare up.

‘‘It’s good for her to put all of the dis­ci­plines to­gether in the TRYathlon.

‘‘It’s a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive for get­ting more kids into sport in gen­eral.’’

Photo: LAU­REN PRIESTLEY

Sports mad: Terri-Jane Warner is tak­ing part in the St He­liers TRYathlon this

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news. co.nz and click lat­est edi­tion to see a video of what the TRYathlon is all about.

week­end.

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