GOING THE DISTANCE: Cameron Rippon of Kadina High School, who will represent North Coast at the NSW All Schools cross-country c
GOING THE DISTANCE: Cameron Rippon of Kadina High School, who will represent North Coast at the NSW All Schools cross-country c

Long road ahead

By RICHARD FORBES,

MORE than 130 runners will represent North Coast high schools at the NSW All Schools cross-country championships at Eastern Creek, in Sydney's west, next month.

One of those, Cameron Rippon of Kadina was school, Richmond zone, and North Coast age champion.

He trains five days a week and says he has been running for about five years.

"It's something I do because I enjoy it," the 15-year-old said.

"I know that if I put the effort in, I should go a long way with the sport. Sometimes I train twice a day, but I'm happy if I go once; it depends on time."

"At Kendall last week, the track for the North Coast cross-country was wet. There was a fair bit of water around and it started to rain again when I was running. One hill was a bit of a challenge but we all got there."

Kadina PE teacher Tony Wilson said Cameron was a focused and fair-minded young sportsman who had a lot of respect for his opponents. He also plays soccer for Goonellabah as a winger with a fantastic ability to read the game.

Cameron was Kadina High's Junior Sportsman of the year in 2006 while in Year 8.

The NSW All Schools cross-country championships for primary and secondary schools will be held on July 20.



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