Dionne on the fast track

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Toko­roa High School’s Dionne Tread­away com­peted in the 100 and 200 me­tres at last weekend’s New Zealand Youth Games held in Hamil­ton at Porritt Sta­dium.

Over Satur­day and Sun­day Dionne went through heats, quar­ter fi­nals, semi-fi­nals and fi­nals for both the 100/ 200m with both events hav­ing fifty­plus ath­letes in each event.

Satur­day saw Dionne firstly qual­ify from the 100/200m heats in the morn­ing and 100/ 200 quar­ter fi­nals in the af­ter­noon.

Sun­day morn­ing Dionne ad­vanced through from both the 100/200m semi-fi­nals to the 100/200m fi­nal in the af­ter­noon.

First up was the 100m fi­nal where Dionne came fourth from lane eight, some fifty min­utes later Dionne was pre­par­ing for the 200m fi­nal which turned out to be an ab­so­lute thriller of a race.

Dionne was even­tu­ally awarded the sil­ver medal af­ter a photo fin­ish was needed to sep­a­rate her and the even­tual win­ner from first place where the mar­gin was only 0.02, Dionne’s time was a smart 25.2 which coach Chris Wil­liams de­scribed as a great ef­fort by Dionne as it was her eighth race in two days and to come out and run a PB shows she is on the right track strength-wise.

Dionne’s achieve­ments have been re­warded with se­lec­tion to the Young Olympians Camp that will see her travel to Hast­ings, Whanganui and Wellington to com­pete in the Black Sin­glet Clas­sic meets start­ing in the mid­dle of Jan­uary.

Chris has been gen­er­ous in giv­ing Dionne two days off from train­ing be­fore she starts her next goal which is to once again qual­ify for next year’s Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nan­jing ( China) from Au­gust 16-28.

Dionne will tar­get sev­eral top meets af­ter the Young Olympians Camp over the next cou­ple of months, lead­ing up to the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships which will be held in Wellington from March 28-30.

Chris also made men­tion of prin­ci­pal Willy Ford who has been very ac­com­mo­dat­ing when it came to al­low­ing Dionne to do her cir­cuit ses­sions in the school’s gym­na­sium us­ing her PE time slots.

This has en­abled Dionne to man­age her re­cov­ery and to also com­plete two train­ing ses­sions on cer­tain days.

SPEED: Dionne Tread­away is rac­ing to suc­cess.

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