Brianna Campton secured second place in the New South Wales 800m selection trials in Sydney last month despite a bumpy preparation.
Brianna Campton secured second place in the New South Wales 800m selection trials in Sydney last month despite a bumpy preparation. MIREILLE MERLET-SHAW

Pain no hurdle for Brianna

BRIANNA Campton endured a horror eight weeks leading up to the 800 metres at the state age track and field selection trials in Sydney.

The 10-year-old injured her ankle while mucking around with her friends then needed her appendix taken out.

But it did not stop the Bangalow resident from running an impressive time of 2m30s, a split second behind Pymble Ladies College standout Abbey Rockliff.

As a result of her bravery, Brianna will now compete at the Australian Primary Schools Championships in Darwin from September 16-19.

The Bangalow Public School student will also compete in the national cross-country championships in Canberra on August 20.

Older sister Marlie will compete in the titles on the same day.

“Brianna was not pain-free in the eight weeks leading into the state trials,” her mother Jannine said.

“She needed her appendix taken out during the Easter school holidays then she injured her ankle while playing in the park with her friends.

“We thought ‘she’s blown it’ but she worked very hard to come back.”

It appears Brianna is fast following in the footsteps of her older sister Marlie.

Marlie won the Australian under-14 800m title in Sydney in March.

“Brianna went down there to watch and Marlie was told to hang in there and not go too hard too early,” Jannine said.

“This allowed her to sprint home.

“I said the same thing to Brianna at the state age selection trials and she raced the same way so she’s already learnt a lot from watching her older sister.”

After the national cross-country championships, Marlie, a 13-year-old Byron Bay High School student, will compete in the 800m and 1500m events in the Combined High Schools State Championships at Sydney Olympic Park from September 8-10.

“Marlie handles the pressure well and actually likes competing because it gives her time to catch up with her friends in the sport,” Jannine said.

“It’s not just about race day, it’s about learning how to deal with people who are interested in how you’re going and making sacrifices in saying no to a sleepover party a couple of days out from a race.

“Marlie is not fazed about this but it is an area Brianna is still learning about and she’ll get there.”



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