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Speedy sprinter wins gold

CHRISTINE Byrnes’ athletics career is on the fast track.
The 15 year old won a gold medal and a national title at the Australian Junior Championships at Sydney’s Olympic Park recently.
She competed in the Under 17’s 100 metre sprint and achieved two personal best times during the heat and the final.
“The coach was ecstatic,” Christine’s mother Leeann said.
“It was a great feat.”
Christine trains with Terri Carter from Endeavour Hills.
The young sprinter’s career began in the Under 8 level of the Leongatha Little Athletics.
She now runs at the Glenhuntly Athletics Club and travels for training and competitions.
Selection for the Australian Junior Championships occurred over the athletics season. She tried out for the 200 metre and 100 metre sprints and qualified for the 100 metre.
“I’m so proud of her. It was a good season,” Leeann said.
“It’s exciting. She’s the dark horse, I reckon. We are proud she came home with gold.”
Her triumphs didn’t stop there. Athletics Victoria invited Christine to the Oceanic 100 Challenge at IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation) Melbourne World Challenge on Saturday, March 21.
She was invited to run in the 100 metre sprint and was given the opportunity to meet sporting greats Sally Pearson and Melissa Breen.
Christine came home in third place with a time of 12.43 seconds.

Gold medallist: Leongatha’s Christine Byrne was thrilled with her achievement at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney recently.

Gold medallist: Leongatha’s Christine Byrne was thrilled with her achievement at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney recently.

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