Leshay's big engine gets her over the line

By TANIA PHILLIPS TEENAGE runner Leshay Wells is a young runner in a hurry to the top.

The Tweed River High School student is set to make her national debut at the Australian All Schools Cross Country titles in Perth on September 1.

Leshay is trained by Border Striders coach Brian Chapman, who was a long-time mentor to Commonwealth Games silver medallist Melissa Rollison.

"(Leshay) is like Melissa in the sense that she appears to be running flat-out all the time in training," he said. "She's the type they had in mind when they coined the phrase 'big engine in a small body'.

Leshay, who lives at Banora, is part of the Tweed River High Excellence in Sport Program as well as being with Border Striders and a member of the Twin Towns Little Athletics.

"She started with us mid-2004 after placing seventh in the Far North Coast Cross-Country at Durumbil," Chapman said.

"Winning the under-15 year division of the Bridge to Brisbane 12km last year was a big breakthrough following on from her silver medal at NSW in the 12-years High Schools Cross Country."

Chapman said this year Leshay had gone from strength to strength culminating in her selection in the NSW Cross Country team.



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