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    Monday, 21 September 2015 03:07

    Junior Star On The Rise

    At recent Commonwealth Youth Games at Samoa, Amy Harding-Delooze claimed golden double at 800m at 1500m distances.
    In doing so Amy not only achieved personal best times at both distances (2:06.84 and 4:18.02) but also claimed club's U18 and U20 1500m record and club U18 800m record. The report below is written by Amy and it is a great insight on her experience and how she reacted to different race tactics.


    It has been a week since my return from Samoa, and I can honestly say that the trip was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I was very privileged to be selected as part of the 26 strong Australian team at the 5th Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa. I was able to learn so much from the trip and I formed great friendships that I will hopefully keep with me throughout my career.

    When we arrived it was very humid and hot and I was really excited to get on the track and race the competitors from the other countries in my first international competition.

    When I was in the call room with the other girls for the 1500m, I was quite relaxed as I didn't have enormous pressure on me because I knew my times were not as fast as the other girls. I was just hoping to do my best and hopefully run a good time.



    During the 1500m race I was quite far off the leaders and eventually, at 600m to go I was able to get to and stick onto the lead pack of 3 girls (1 Kenyan and 2 Ugandans). The bell rang and the pack surged away but I tried my hardest to stay with them. At about 200 metres to go I had this huge rush of adrenaline and I started to sprint past the Kenyan. In the last straight I was able to pass one of the Ugandan girls and I was getting really excited as I knew that I was going to get a medal. I could see that the other Ugandan girl in front of me was slowing down so I tried my hardest to chase her down. I could hear the Australian team and crowd screaming and cheering and this made me run faster and faster. The Ugandan girl must have thought she had won as she didn’t sprint to the line and I managed to just beat her over the line. I was extremely shocked and overwhelmed as it hit me that i’d won. When I looked at the time I was even more shocked as I had run a 3 second PB!!!!




    In the 800 metres on the Wednesday I was a bit more nervous as I knew what the track felt like and some of the girls that were in my 1500m  were in the 800 metres. The race went out really quick and I was a bit behind by the first lap. I didn't panic and tried to make my way up to the lead pack. With about 200 metres to go I was in fourth place before I passed the Kenyan. The Indian girl was trying to catch the Scotish girl in front and I again had so much energy that I sprinted the last 100 metres as fast as I could and managed to pass them both. I was so happy that I had won 2 Gold medals!!!! I looked at the time and I again was so shocked as I had run another 3 second PB!!! I couldn’t believe it.







    Going into the competition I wasn't expecting a medal and so to get 2 was amazing. I was unbelievably happy. I thank my coach Ken Green for getting me ready for these games, my family and friends for supporting me!!! I have learnt to never give up, always believe in yourself and the results will come if you try your best.

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