It may just be another piece of the puzzle for aspiring Kialla-based Olympic racewalker Zoë Boldiston, but it is a damn exciting one.MARC MCGOWAN December 7, 2012 4:05am
It may just be another piece of the puzzle for aspiring Kialla-based Olympic racewalker Zoe Boldiston, but it is a damn exciting one.
Multiple national and state champion Boldiston, just 15, will compete in her first Australian team at next month’s sixth Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney.
Thirty countries will contest 17 sports during the five-day festival.
A simple email delivered the news on Wednesday night and Boldiston had dinner with her parents, siblings and grandparents to celebrate.
‘‘I didn’t really believe it at first. It was really exciting,’’ Boldiston said.
‘‘It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to make an Australian team and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of my family and coach (Bendigo’s Paul Rance).
‘‘It still hasn’t really sunk in.’’
Boldiston’s national selection comes on the back of her latest title in the under-18 girls’ 5
The Notre Dame College student hopes it will not be her only national representation next year, with the World Junior Championships set to take place in Donetsk, Ukraine, in July.
Boldiston needs to lower her best time from 24
That sort of improvement is unlikely to occur by next month, but Boldiston would love to record a new personal standard in Sydney.
‘‘You never know how fast other people in other countries are, but I know they will be extremely fast,’’ she said.
‘‘I hope to get a PB and it would be great to win, but I’ve seen a couple of times from the Chinese girls.
‘‘I only saw a time for their 10
Boldiston had only recently returned to training at this time last year after doctors diagnosed her with a stress reaction in her spine and ordered her to have three months off physical activity.
But a diligent approach to recovery, including daily core exercises, helped her return with a bang and she won her fourth Australian title at the Australian Road Walking Championships in August.
The exercises are ongoing, as is the hard work, which Boldiston expected to be at an all-time level in the weeks leading up to the January 16 to 20 competition.
‘‘My coach has just told me it will be hard training,’’ she said.
‘‘He tells me the training sessions to do, but I’m in control of other stuff I do, like cross-training, bike riding or swimming.
‘‘My training will get harder than what it has been and then a week-and-a-half before (the event) it becomes less difficult. It’s kind of like a pyramid.’’
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The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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