Kieran heads for ad­ven­ture camp

Central Leader - - SPORT - By BEN ROGERS

For a keen run­ner with Par­a­lympic as­pi­ra­tions, there is no bet­ter launch-pad than an Out­ward Bound camp.

Kieran Lane, 16, is head­ing for camp to­mor­row. He has cere­bral palsy. The camp is be­ing run in con­junc­tion with the Hal­berg Disability Sport Foun­da­tion.

‘‘I’m keen to get more ex­pe­ri­ence in run­ning, meet more people and make new friends,’’ Kieran says.

The week-long camp takes place in the Marl­bor­ough Sounds and in­cludes camp­ing, sail­ing, and a high ropes course.

Ad­viser Mar­cus Lau­rie says the camps are re­ally great for kids like Kieran.

‘‘It’s great for con­fi­dence build­ing and get­ting the kids to have a go at things, things that might be new and scary.’’

‘‘Out­ward Bound has mod­i­fied their course which means it fits with our mis­sion of want­ing full in­clu­sion, so no-one is ex­cluded from ac­tiv­i­ties.’’

Kieran’s mum Laura Lane is ex­cited for Kieran and thinks the camp will be very ben­e­fi­cial. ‘‘I think the camp will give him a bit more self con­fi­dence,’’ she says.

‘‘It will be a great ex­pe­ri­ence to be with a group of young people all with sim­i­lar chal­lenges.’’

The Auck­land Gram­mar stu­dent trains with the school dis­tance squad, ath­let­ics squad and has his eye on Rio 2016.

‘‘I train three to four times a week for short dis­tance and my favourite dis­tances are 200m and 400m,’’ he says.

‘‘I need to get my per­sonal bests higher by a cou­ple of sec­onds and to en­ter as many na­tional com­pe­ti­tions as pos­si­ble, as well as some in­ter­na­tional meets.’’

This year Kieran has had some great re­sults in­clud­ing win­ning the 400m in his cat­e­gory at the North Is­land sec­ondary school champs.

Kieran doesn’t let his con­di­tion get in the way of train­ing or com­pet­ing.

‘‘I just tell my­self I am an able-bod­ied ath­lete and think pos­i­tive about it and not let it tear me down,’’ he says.

‘‘It doesn’t re­ally limit me, hold­ing stuff is a bit harder to do.’’

Be­ing a dis­abled ath­lete his goals have to be dif­fer­ent from the rest of his train­ing group, his mum says.

‘‘He pushes him­self to achieve his own per­sonal bests and not judge his re­sults against the rest of the team.’’

‘‘Just the sheer phys­i­cal­ity of train­ing does ex­haust him but once he is out there he does per­se­vere to achieve the re­sults he wants.’’

When Kieran needs some ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion he looks to the likes of Sir Mur­ray Hal­berg for in­spi­ra­tion.

‘‘He was a great ath­lete and I have had the hon­our of talk­ing to him about how to train and how to get bet­ter and I as­pire to be like him.’’

Con­fi­dence boost: Kieran Lane heads off to Out­ward Bound this weekend.

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