No slow­ing down for Prue Fowler

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Pru­dence Fowler eats, sleeps and breathes sports.

Four sports to be ex­act.

The 13-year-old Mt Al­bert Gram­mar stu­dent has won sev­eral Auck­land and na­tional sec­ondary school ti­tles in her grade for swim­ming, cy­cling, water polo and row­ing.

She is a cy­cling (track and road), triathlon and open water swim­ming cham­pion.

Pru­dence is also one of MAGS’ fastest row­ers and is a mem­ber of their se­nior water polo team.

There re­ally aren’t any signs of slow­ing down.

She has a strict train­ing sched­ule be­fore and af­ter school.

Even dur­ing the hol­i­days, Fowler does not take a break.

She doesn’t want to.

‘‘I’m just used to it [train­ing] now. In the hol­i­days when I don’t have to wake up early I still do,’’ she says.

‘‘I train through the hol­i­days just to stay fit, it’s not as much as when I am com­pet­ing but it’s weird for me to not keep train­ing.’’

Her day be­gins as early as 5am ev­ery morn­ing.

She trains be­fore and af­ter school, re­gard­less of what sport and com­pe­ti­tion she is pre­par­ing for.

‘‘I’ve been tak­ing part in sports all the way through pri­mary school but only started com­pet­ing in im­por­tant com­pe­ti­tion when I was in­year 7.

‘‘I had done heaps of sports be­fore I fi­nally found ones that I liked.

‘‘I used to play hockey, net­ball and swim­ming through pri­mary school and started cy­cling three years ago.

‘‘I love sports, I just like be­ing able to do some­thing af­ter school and the friend­ships that I gain from it.’’

Most of her friends take part in the same sports as she does, which is very im­por­tant for Pru­dence as she be­lieves this helps them mo­ti­vate each other.

Her fam­ily is not too far away with sup­port, al­ways at­tend­ing her com­pe­ti­tions and help­ing her main­tain form and hec­tic train­ing sched­ule.

‘‘I’m very proud of my achieve­ments. My dad al­ways tells me to give my best and that is all that mat­ters; as long as I’ve tried my hard­est I know I am al­ready a win­ner.

‘‘My ul­ti­mate dream is to com­pete at the Olympics but right now I haven’t de­cided on what sport it is that I want to com­pletely fo­cus on.’’

Pru­dence Fowler says she doesn’t love just one par­tic­u­lar sport yet.

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