Year 10 student, Tayla King, has been selected in the Regional Australian Athletics team to compete at the Oceania Championships in Cairns next month. Tayla qualified for the team through her results at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney last month and will compete in the 200m and 400m events at the Championships.
The Oceania Regional Championships will be attended by elite athletes from the 22 different nations in the Oceania region. Oceania Senior and Youth Championships will be held in Cairns between 8 - 10 May. The Championships holds events in both open age and under 18''s categories for men and women. The Oceania Regional Championships draws many elite athletes as the event is an important part for many athletes preparing and qualifying for the Olympic Games.
Tayla started in Athletics when she was nine years old and has competed in many local and state level competitions however competing in the Australian Junior Athletic Championships in March and being selected to compete at the Oceania Championships this year has been a real highlight in her achievements. Tayla is coached by Paul Di Bella a former dual Olympian who has helped her reach these terrific results.
Inspired by her mum running when she was younger, Tayla decided to give the sport a go which made it very obvious that her running ability was passed through her genes “When I first started running I really enjoyed it so I started training more and harder and this is where it has taken me” said Tayla.
Taking one competition at a time, Tayla runs to improve her personal best times “I don’t focus on beating anyone or what other people are doing, I really just focus on improving my time each time I run” said Tayla.
Achieving personal best times of 25.93 seconds in the 200m and 60.91 in the 400m event, Tayla is looking forward to trying her best at the Oceania Championships.
Tayla’s dream is to one day compete at the Olympics but once the Oceania Championships are over, Tayla will focus on training for the local school season.