Un­ex­pected win in­spires ath­lete

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By LAURA MCLEAY

Lau­ren Tye, who had never raced in a duathlon be­fore, won the Un­der 16 Na­tional Duathlon in Taupo ear­lier this month.

The Mata­mata 15 year old at­tends St Peter’s School in Cam­bridge and en­tered with cy­clist, Emma Por­ritt.

Lau­ren ran the first 4km leg of the race, fol­lowed by Emma who biked 16km be­fore Lau­ren fin­ished with a 2.5km run.

‘‘I have never en­tered a duathlon be­fore but when Emma asked me to join her in the na­tion­als I said I would do it.

‘‘ I am re­ally sur­prised we won – but I am very pleased.’’

The pair com­pleted the course in 58 min­utes and crossed the fin­ish line 12 min­utes ahead of the next com­peti­tors.

Lau­ren said she had done a lot of cross­coun­try run­ning in the past and pre­ferred the long dis­tance run­ning.

‘‘ The coach said he was go­ing to put my name down again after I won,’’ she said.

‘‘I think I will stick at it and I would like to do a marathon or triathlon in the fu­ture.

Lau­ren is also an ex­pe­ri­enced polocrosse rider and has rep­re­sented New Zealand over the past two years at the State Polocrosse Cham­pi­onship in Australia where they com­pete against teams from around the world.

She has been rid­ing since she was about five and it is a fam­ily thing. ‘‘It has been a very fam- ily sport. Dad plays and grand­dad is still play­ing at 70,’’ she said.

‘‘I want to keep go­ing with polocrosse as well and try to make the in­ter­me­di­ate team which is for un­der 21 year olds. This team has the chance to go to the world cup ev­ery four years and play against the top eight teams in the world.’’

First time win: Lau­ren Tye won the Un­der 16 Na­tional Duathlon ti­tle with her team-mate Emma Por­ritt.

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