New technique starts to produce results for Laura
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
HARD yards on the training track perfecting a new running style have paid off for young Nambucca Heads athlete Laura Duncan.
Duncan has been working hard with her coach, Harry Riley, on a new 'Clawback' technique that has seen her shave nearly half a second off her personal best time in the 200 metres.
Now Duncan has claimed double gold at the All Schools state carnival by crossing the line first in both the 100 metres and 200 metres in her age group.
The 16-year-old clocked times of 12.41 seconds down the straight and a personal best of 24.84 around the bend to beat the best that the elite private schools in NSW could throw at her.
The Year 10 student at Nambucca Heads High is ecstatic that the results are starting to show from her efforts on the training track.
"It just feels like a big relief that all the hard work has paid off," she said.
"I've been running since I was eight and I've had the same technique since then.
"It's been difficult to change."
With the gold medals in her pocket, Duncan has now been selected for the NSW team to compete in the 2005 Pacific Schools Games in Melbourne.
Held over a week in November and December, there will be athletes from 20 countries within the Pacific basin competing as well as all the Australian states and territories.
"I'm in for a busy time, actually," she added.
"I'm going off to Melbourne for a week, then I'll come home for the school formal and then I'm off again to Sydney for the national All Schools."
Duncan admits that her ultimate goal is to make an Australian Olympic team in the future but for now she's content to keep reaching the targets set by her coach. "At the moment, I'm on track for where my coach wants me to be," she said.