Eryn gives karting boys a run for their money
ACCELERATING around corners and hitting more than 100km on the track, there's no doubt about Eryn Osborne's commitment to making it to the top of the podium when she's kart racing.
Last week Eryn took out first place in a field of 14 males and one other female to win the club championship in the Junior Max 13-15 division at the Ipswich Kart Club.
Finishing 2016 on 1161 points, the Year 9 Trinity Catholic College student showed she's not to be underestimated when it comes to showing focus and tenacity.
Eryn said she was delighted with the result from her 125CC kart.
"This is my best result to date," she said.
"People don't realise how intense karting is."
As well as regular on-track training, Eryn said she cross-trains to keep fit and strong for the sport she loves.
"I do lots of running and weights," she said.
"You need good coordination and determination ... whoever is the most determined to get to the front usually gets there."
As well as the rush you get when racing, Eryn said the camaraderie in the sport was fantastic.
"The speed is really good and the community in karting is also amazing," she said.
Now Eryn is looking forward to another year of perfecting her skills.
"I have one more in junior category and then I'd like to move up from karts to cars but we would need sponsorship to do that," she said.
"So we will have to see what happens."
Eryn said she wanted more young women to consider karting.
"When people say I don't look like a racer, you just have to laugh it off," she said.
"I think it's good to beat the boys, because it shows we girls can win, but they are pretty good about it."
In 2017 Eryn will be eligible to obtain her driver's licence.
But she plans to leave her speed on the track.