Marra Palin won three gold medals in the Queensland Primary Schools Track and Field Championships.
Marra Palin won three gold medals in the Queensland Primary Schools Track and Field Championships. Karleila Thomsen

Young Marra is all gold

PAM PALIN said she’d always struggled to keep up with daughter Marra since she started to walk.

Ten years later its Marra’s athletic rivals who are struggling to keep pace with her.

The 10-year-old Albert State School student proved that after winning three gold medals while representing Wide Bay during the Queensland Primary Schools Track and Field Championships at QEII Stadium in Brisbane.

She won them in style as well.

Palin, who moved to Maryborough from Deception Bay earlier this year, won the 200m crown in a time of 35.24secs – her closest rival crossed the line in a time of 40.98secs.

The Albert State School champion was just as impressive in the 100m final, winning in a time of 16.19secs, while the silver medallist finished in 18.36secs.

But it wasn’t only on the track Palin starred.

A leap of 2.98 metres won her the long jump gold while the girl who won silver finished with an effort of 2.25m.

Winning three gold medals is not a bad effort when you consider Palin is not a member of an athletics club.

Her mother said nothing had changed since she was a baby.

“She’s always been on the go and doing everything at speed,” Pam said.

“It seems she’s a natural athlete and we’re so proud of her I can tell you.”

As for the little champion herself, she said she was happy to just keep doing her best.

“I really love athletics and I want to do well,” she said.

“My dream is to represent Australia in the Olympics one day.”



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