Dionne on the fast track
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.