Kieran heads for adventure camp
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.