Kelsey and Connor Knight shows the style which took them to State Little Athletics titles.
Kelsey and Connor Knight shows the style which took them to State Little Athletics titles.

Duo walk the walk

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

IF you want to get somewhere fast then common sense says that running is the quickest way there but the Knight family think a little differently.

Kelsey and Connor are walking their way around the athletics track and they're doing it faster than anyone.

Both have won gold medals at the recent state athletics championships in the 1100 metre walk.

The St Augustine's students have been performing incredibly in the difficult discipline this season and no doubt part of the reason for the strong form is the influence of their coach Yvonne Melene.

Having recently moved to the area, Melene had 33 years of experience in coaching walkers behind her including Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalists including Jane and Natalie Saville.

But she admits that when she arrived in the area, coaching another couple of walkers was the furthest thing from her mind.

"I retired to come up here and get away from it," Melene said.

"I've been coaching this lot for six months now and they're both going well."

That's an understatement from the coach.

There's no national championships for the pair's age group but both have recorded the fastest times in Australia for their age group this summer and in the state champs at Homebush, Kelsey came within two seconds of the all-time national record to collect her gold.

For Kelsey this year's victory made up for the disappointment of 12 months ago when she qualified for a medal only to be disqualified.

Both Kelsey and her brother received two warnings from the judges this year but they both laughed it off and saw it as a positive.

"Our coach has been saying that if you don't get a warning then you aren't trying hard enough," Kelsey explained with a smile.

The results that this pair are getting, I don't think anyone could accuse them of not going hard enough and even if they are walking, no-one can say that they're not going fast enough either.



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