11yo wins national championships

PAM Palin reckons her young daughter Marra has always been on the go ever since she could walk.

It appears she’s showing no signs of slowing down, either.

The 11-year-old Albert State School student has run her way to being crowned the best in the nation – again.

Palin, who won the 200m gold and was a member of the Queensland team that won the 4x100m relay in the Australian Primary Schools Track and Field Championships in Sydney last year, is now a two-time cross country champion.

She won the 2km race and backed up that winning performance by helping the Queensland team win the relay race during the Australian Primary Schools Cross Country Championships in Brisbane.

An impressive effort when you consider Marra, whose family moved to Maryborough from Deception Bay last year, is not a member of any athletics club at all.

She also does her training on a treadmill at a Heritage City gym.

It doesn’t seem to hinder her though when it comes to racing.

Pam Palin said her talented daughter had no intention of slowing down anytime soon – far from it.

“She just keeps going and going – she never gives up,” she said.

“She’s been like that ever since she discovered how to walk.

“I struggled to keep up with her then and I’ve got no chance now,” she laughed.

“She’s just a little natural athlete and it’s truly unbelievable how she performs given how little coaching she’s had in her career.”

As for the Aussie champion, Marra said she was looking forward to keeping on running.

“I love running as fast as I can,” she said.

“My dream is to keep giving it my best and, if I can do that, I may get the chance to represent Australia one day.

“I’d really love to do that,” she said while managing to stay still for at least a minute.

Marra will have the chance to add some more gold medals to her already impressive haul next month when she represents Wide Bay in six events during the state titles in Townsville.

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