Just three years after winning her school’s cross country try outs, without any training, Kapunda’s Ella Leggett will be representing South Australia.
Ella will compete as part of the SSSSA (Secondary School Sport South Australia) Cross Country team, travelling to Tasmania, next month, and the 13-year-old said she was thrilled to qualify and looks forward to the trip.
“There’s going to be a lot of tough competition,” she said.
“I’ll try my hardest – I’m not sure I’ll get a good place because I didn’t know what the other (competitors) are going to be like.”
Baring recreational motorbike riding, Ella had never even played a sport before, let alone had anything to do with athletics or cross country when she decided to give the sport a go at Kapunda Primary School, and won.
Just a year later the Kapunda High School year eight student finished second in the district, and first place the following season – she also placed in the top 20 at this year’s SAPSASA competition.
Ella has been training three to four times a week, formerly with Gawler Little Athletics, and said she loves the sport and would love to compete for Australia, one day.
“I just go out and run my best – each time I go out a try to beat the last time I got,” she said.
“I just want to keep training and try to get better.”