Sam Petterson on track in 1500m
Sam Petterson on track in 1500m

Sam's right on track in 1500m

DESPITE being born with cerebral palsy, Ballina’s Sam Petterson is on track to do well as an Athlete With Disability (AWD).

Sam recently returned from the AWD National Age Championships in Sydney with a 1500m bronze, despite the temperature on the track being in the 40s.

His coach, Jennie Duffield, said that the 1500m had become his favourite distance.

“Sam’s a distance runner, but unfortunately for cerebral palsy sufferers, distance events are not offered to AWDs,” Duffield said.

“He knows how to run a race and I’m so impressed with his attitude and commitment.”

Next month Sam will compete in the Queensland championships, although his focus is on qualifying for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Christchurch in January 2011.

To make the IPC Australian team, his qualifying times need to be 58.8 seconds for the 400m, 2m18.00s for the 800m and 4m55.00s for the 1500m or better by the end of August.

“I will continue running for as long as I enjoy it,” Sam said.



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