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autumn 2015

Running

Lucy D Year 8

When did you begin competing in running?

I began competing in running in Year 3, when I ran my

first proper cross country race.

What is your favourite event?

My favourite event is definitely cross country. I feel

that I have the confidence to be able to run for longer

distances rather than shorter distances.

What is your highest level of achievement?

My highest level of achievement in running was

competing in State Cross Country in Year 6. I was

super-proud of my achievements and that was

definitely an amazing achievement for me.

Who are your role models?

My role model would be Cathy Freeman because she

pushed through racism and everything else and became

a phenomenal runner. She gives me inspiration to not

care about what other people think and just run. When

you run you can forget about everything.

What’s important about the team spirit at Ruyton?

The team spirit at Ruyton is such a big part of running.

The encouragement is so amazing I feel that when

everyone is encouraging and cheering for you it makes

you run so much faster.

What other co-curricular

activities are you involved in?

I am involved in other

activities and sports such

as netball, basketball,

swimming and tennis.

I love sport and I find it so

enjoyable and just fun to

be part of a team, as well

as competing individually.

Olivia H Year 8

When did you begin

competing in running?

I began competing in

Year 3 when I was nine

years old. My first

competitive race was at

district cross country –

the two kilometres.

What is your

favourite event?

My favourite event is

the three kilometre cross

country. I really enjoy the

different terrains and elements

in this race: hills, mud and puddles!

What is your highest level of achievement?

My highest level of achievement in running was coming

fifth in the State Athletics Championships in Year 6 at

12 years old.

Who are your role models?

My role model is Jess Mourney, Ruyton Sport Captain

2014. She is a fantastic leader and runner. She will

always cheer for me, yelling ‘Go little Livi!’

Tell us about the team spirit at Ruyton and why it’s

important for you.

The team spirit at Ruyton is what I love most about

the School. Everyone in the team supports one another

and is always encouraging of others.

Jessica H Year 9

When did you begin competing in running?

I first began running when I joined Little Athletics

at the age of five, and this season is my tenth with the

club. My first ever cross country race was with my

primary school.

What is your favourite event?

I don’t have one favourite

event in particular, but I do

like the 400, 800 and

1500 metres as well as cross

country. Each event is unique,

so I have different reasons why

I like each one. Cross country is

especially good, though, as it is

nice to have a change from

running continuous laps around

the track.

What is your highest level of achievement in running?

My highest level of achievement was when I competed

in the 800 metres at the 2014 Australian Junior Athletics

Championship in Sydney. I didn’t qualify for the final,

but I did run a personal best time.

Who are your role models?

There isn’t really one person in particular who has

influenced my interest in running, but a collection of

people. I mostly look to my coach and teammembers

for inspiration because they all are hard-working and

determined people, and their commitment to and love

of running makes me aspire to achieve my best as well.

Tell us about the team spirit at Ruyton and why it’s

important for you.

The team spirit at Ruyton is amazing. At every Athletics

or Cross Country event you can always be certain that

everyone on the team will be cheering you on. It makes

you feel so much more confident and determined when

there are people there to encourage you. I think that the

overwhelming support which comes from the Ruyton

crowd makes for a really positive atmosphere at all of

the meets.

What other co-curricular activities are you involved in?

This year I am part of the Senior Wind Ensemble and

Stage Band and I am also taking part in the Year 9/10

Ruyton/Scotch play. I will also be involved in the GSV

after school sport programme.