By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
SHE'S already defended the sprint double she won last year at the state's CHS athletics titles and this weekend, talented Nambucca Heads sprinter Laura Duncan is heading back to Homebush hoping to again defend the two crowns she won last year at the State's all schools champs.
Last week the Coffs Coast Advocate caught up with Duncan at the end of one of her punishing training sessions that she performs under the watchful eye of coach Harry Riley.
Hot, bothered and near exhaustion after just over an hour of speed endurance work, Duncan still managed to offer a smile and some of her her time to talk about the two gold medals she won at Homebush to retain her NSW CHS crowns.
"They were the worst conditions I've ever run in and that's since I first started running back when I was about eight," the 16 year old said of the rain that marred the three-day meet.
"It was satisfying though, winning the same events that I won last year."
The poor conditions meant that Duncan ran more than half a second slower than her personal best time of 12.2 seconds in the 100m final.
The performance was still good enough though to put a half second gap on the rest of the field.
Now it's time to take on the best that every school in the state can offer at the Olympic Stadium. A venue that motivates Duncan no end.
"I love running down there except for the head winds you always get there," she said.
"It's annoying because you run good times at training and I want to go faster but it's hard because of the head wind and the rain and all that stuff."
The program that Harry Riley has set out for Duncan over what looks like being a long, hot summer is all geared towards her winning another Macksville Gift in November as well as chasing glory in the national all-schools champs in December.
Another date at Homebush awaits the sprint queen.