He was born to run

By MITCHELL DALE

WHEN most 11-year-olds are invited to a birthday party, they don't need to think twice about going, unless the invite comes from the school nerd.

But outstanding Mullaway athlete Fletcher Carney is one youngster who always stops to think before organising a social activity.

Fletcher's social calendar revolves around running training.

His dedication is something you don't often see from a pre-teenager, but he is reaping the rewards.

"If he gets invited to a party or a friend's house, he organises it around his running," Fletcher's mum Dana Eden said.

"He just loves running."

When the Coffs Coast Advocate last caught up with Fletcher, he was preparing for the School Sport Australia track and field championships in Adelaide after winning the Queen Elizabeth trophy for best athlete at NSW PSSA titles.

Last Friday, he returned from Adelaide with one national gold medal and three national silvers following another outstanding meeting.

"I hoped to make the top three in all my events, so I was pleased with how I went," Fletcher said.

"I also ran two PBs, which I was happy about."

Fletcher set PBs in the 200m (26.18 sec) and 800m (2:18 min) and he could well have shaved time off his 100m mark if that final wasn't held 30 minutes after his 800m final.

"I was pretty tired after the 800m, but I was also pretty pumped up," he said.

This year was Fletcher's first taste of national championships and he admits there were a few butterflies fluttering around his stomach.

"I was pretty nervous at the start, but by the end I was getting better," he said.



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