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Running For Norfolk Islands

Norfolk Island’s sprinter Tayanita Robertson is looking forward to participating for the first time in the Oceania Athletics Championships which starts tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium, Suva. The 15-year-old said
27 Jun 2017 11:22
Running For Norfolk Islands
Norfolk Island athletes Tayanita Robertson (left) and Charlie Carr who are taking part in the Oceania Athletics Area Championships which starts tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

Norfolk Island’s sprinter Tayanita Robertson is looking forward to participating for the first time in the Oceania Athletics Championships which starts tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

The 15-year-old said she is excited to not only compete but learn from other athletes.

“This is a special opportunity and being here for the first time is a proud moment,” Robertson said.

“Running is something I never thought I would take up. But I was in the school carnival and realised that I could run fast and I guess it just went from there.

“I am excited to be able to meet everyone from different walks of life and learning from them and competing in such a big event.

“There will be top athletes here like Toea Wisil and to be in the same environment is such a great thing.

“I want to obviously become a great athlete and I think watching and learning and competing with these other talented runners will really help me.”

She is adapting well to the humid weather in Suva.

“Since arriving on Sunday, it has been really hot here for us which is way different from back home where it is cold,” she said.

Robertson will be competing in the Under-18 and Open grade 100 and 200 metres.

Bringing in only two athletes to represent Norfolk, team manager Rose Evans said recording their personal best is what she wants her athletes to achieve.

“Preparations have been challenging because of the weather. But the girls have been training hard and are ready to compete,” Evans said.

“We want our girls to do their personal best, you cannot ask anything more than that.

“They will be competing with some of the best in the Oceania region.



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