Girl loves life in fast lane
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.’’
Sports mad: Terri-Jane Warner is taking part in the St Heliers TRYathlon this
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