Brianna was ‘Hungary’ for gold and brought it home
BANGALOW runner Brianna Campton returned home with a gold medal from the World Interschool Cross Country Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The 15-year-old former Byron Bay High School student was one of six athletes in the St Margaret's Anglican Girl's School team from Brisbane.
They finished on top of 130 competitors from 26 countries around the world.
It was a team format with the girls crowned winners with the lowest collective score calculated on run times.
They each ran 3.6km where the top four times were recorded putting them ahead of their next closest rivals Morocco, Turkey and China.
It was a whirlwind experience for Campton when her team qualified to represent Australia after winning at the Australian Cross Country Championships at Moonee Valley racecourse in Victoria last year.
They spent months fundraising before attending a training camp in Prague and eventually moving on to Budapest.
Brianna, a regular track and cross country representative at national level still trains with the Border Striders at Kingscliff and Tweed Heads on top of her boarding school commitments where she is on a full scholarship.
She follows in the footsteps on her older sister Marlie Campton, who has also competed on the world stage.
Marlie competed in an individual event at Israel two years ago and is currently completing her HSC in Byron Bay.
"They have a pretty close-knit little team (at St Margaret's) ," her mother Jannine Campton said.
"I think to be able to do it with friends adds another level of excitement to it.
"We didn't push her into a scholarship, it was a dream of hers and she has made the most of the opportunity."