Young’s Annie Turner has an obvious talent when it comes to sport, but this year she took it one step further as she competed in the USA for cross country.
Earlier this year Turner was scouted by Sports Travel Australia to participate in the pathways program for cross country. She was among 24 other Aussie high school students invited to participate in the program on American soil after posting consistent state and national records.
The Year 9 Hennessy Catholic College student – a regular competitor at state cross country – jumped at the opportunity and departed on her two-week journey on September 21.
The following two weeks saw Turner participate in four races against talented students from American colleges.
The 15-year-old placed 12th from 130 in her first race, seventh from 150 in her second race and fourth from 180 in the third. Placings weren’t recorded for the fourth race, a fun run.
The group also took part in training and education sessions, with the added bonus of recreational events. Turner celebrated her 15th birthday while competing in Las Vegas.
Turner said she gained valuable experience from the trip.
“It was a really good opportunity, we learned lots,” she said. “It was pretty competitive.”
Turner hopes to be invited back next year for the Canada event.
Her mum, Nat, said local groups played a big part in Turner’s development.
“We thank her family, friends and teachers for the opportunities and encouragement over the years,” Nat said.
“Believe it or not she was a very shy child, and if it wasn't for the opportunities she had in primary at Young North Public School, Young Netball and Young Junior Rugby League, she would not have learned to love her sports and follow them to this level.
“Annie has always been humble, and demonstrates sportsmanship to all involved.”
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