Golden time for Marra in Sydney
MARRA Palin had already been crowned the best in Queensland this year.
Now the 10-year-old Albert State School student is the best in Australia.
Palin, who won the 200m state title while representing Wide Bay during the Queensland Primary Schools Track and Field Championships at QEII Stadium in Brisbane in October, won the same event during the national titles in Sydney.
She also arrived home in Maryborough with three other medals in her luggage including another gold one.
She was a member of the Queensland team that won the 4x100m relay.
Palin also won silver in the 100m final and the long jump.
An impressive haul when you consider Palin, whose family moved to the Heritage City from Deception Bay earlier this year, is not a member of an athletics club.
Pam Palin said the performance of her daughter in Sydney had confirmed what she always thought.
“She’s just a little natural,” Pam said.
“It’s unbelievable what she can do considering how little coaching she’s had in her career – she just goes and goes and never gives up.
“Saying that, she’s always been on the go since she started to walk,” she laughed.
As for the Aussie champion herself, she said she had no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
“I love running as fast as I can – it’s great,” she said.
“Hopefully I can keep doing well and go all the way to representing Australia one day.
“I’d love to do it in an Olympics.”