Young runner turns corner to win gold
VETERAN running coach Bill Minard reckons 16-year-old Beth Van Der Waal has turned the corner. After years of trying, Beth claimed a NSWCHS gold medal in the 400m recently and Bill now believes the sky is the limit for one of his star runners. "She has always gone to State, but she's been a bit too much of a country girl," Bill said. "It is a big-time event down there. "This year I just told her to go down there and put her hand up." And put her hand up she did. Minard ranked Beth's gold medal as one of Corindi's best ever sporting achievements. "We haven't had too many champions at Corindi, not in my time anyway," he said. "It is great for such a little community." Bill doesn't think Beth will stop here. "I believe she can win NSW All Schools and I don't think Nationals are out of the question either," he said. "Once you win one title it is like falling out of bed, you win them all the time. "She will only get bigger and better from here. "The other big thing to come out of the State (CHS) was that the girls who won NSW All Schools last year finished third behind Beth." "Her work ethic and technique are brilliant." Beth has put in the hard yards on the training track this year which she creditted for her new-found success. "I did a lot more work this year, so I was fairly confident when I went to State," she said. "I was pretty relieved when I won. "I knew the hard work had paid off."