Leshay Wells is athletics champion
LESHAY Wells, 15, is undoubtedly the runaway success of the current athletics season.
The Banora Point prodigy has the rest of NSW chasing her, but very few have managed to match her for pace and stamina.
Having smashed the field at the NSW Combined High Schools event, the pint-sized distance runner will line up at this weekend’s National Athletics Championships in Hobart a short-priced fav- ourite to claim the 3000m title.
“Breaking the State record was a definite highlight of my year,” Leshay said. “But an Australian title would be amazing.
“There are a couple of girls who are around my time, but all going well I think I have a pretty good chance. I’ve never been to Tasmania either, so I’m looking forward to the trip, regardless.”
Leshay’s remarkable campaign began with a scintillating display at the North Coast Championships earlier in the year.
She was in a league of her own, smashing the old 3000m record in a time of 10min 42sec, before settling for second place in the 1500m.
From there she qualified for the NSW CHS where she recorded the same stellar results, followed by a 3000m win at the NSW All Schools and placing third in the 1500m.
The 1500m podium finish complimented her triumph and ensured a second start at Nationals.
“Winning the NSW All Schools was another highlight for me, as it meant I was the best 15-year-old 3000m runner in the whole State,” Leshay said. “While I am pretty confident with the 3000m at Nationals, the 1500m isn’t really my event, and who will take that out is anyone’s guess, but on my day I give myself a shot.”
Training six days a week at the Tweed PCYC, Arkinstall Park, Kingscliff High School and around Banora under the watchful eye of Border Striders mentor Brian Chapman, the Tweed River High School student is well-prepared to launch her attack on the big stage.
Leshay flies to Tasmania with her mother, Donna, on Friday.