Cross Country win makes Mackenzey Australia's fastest 12-y-o
IT WAS a case of third time lucky for Ocean Shores athlete Mackenzey Ormiston when she won her age division at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Albany, Western Australia.
Mackenzey, 12, had been runner-up in the previous two years winning silver medals at that level.
She won the 3km race and can now lay claim to being the fastest 12-year-old girl over 3km in Australia.
"I was a bit nervous on the day and had a pretty bad start," Mackenzey said.
"I got stuck in the middle of the pack until about the 200m and I was in front by the time we did the first km.
"We had to jump over hay bales too and we didn't even know they were going to be there.
"I was relieved at the end to win it and happy it was all over."
It has been a busy year for the Ocean Shores Public School student.
She has won gold at numerous events, including the Queensland and All Schools Cross Country Championships in May.
Mackenzey has also won at state level and was the girls captain of the NSW team at the Australian Championships.
She carried the flag at the opening ceremony and collecting the winning shields for the NSW team at the closing ceremony.
Mackenzey broke her ankle in her first year of competition when she was eight and has been competing at state level since she was nine.
Training consists of three days a week with Brian Chapman and the Border Striders group in Tweed Heads.
She was already back in competition yesterday in the North Coast regional athletics carnival in Lismore.
A win in the under-12 girls 800m means she advanced with hopes of competing at state and national level.