She’s only just returned from the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, but there’s no sign of a slow-down in 2013 running commitments for Cambridge High School’s Talia Horgan. But because it’s the sport she loves, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Talia placed 5th in the 400m race in Sydney and 7th in the 200m race. And, as part of relay teams, she was second in the 4x100m relay and second in the swiss relay – a relay where each of the four team members run different distances, which range between 100m and 400m. Talia, 17, ran the 400m for her team.
Due to high temperatures in Sydney at the time of the event, all four of Talia’s events – two individual races and two relays – were held on the same day. That, in itself, was something she had to adjust to. ‘‘One of the competition days was cancelled because it was 46 degrees Celsius, and even hotter on the track.’’
Talia said she was a little disappointed in her results. ‘‘The 400m was my main event, and I was hoping to do well and run close to a personal best time, so in that sense I was a little disappointed. There weren’t as many athletes but the level of competition was definitely very high.’’ However, a conversation with her coach Graham Turner had been helpful. ‘‘He said ‘you know, sometimes you just have off days and these things happen in sport’. It’s an experience that is something I can learn from going forward.’’ Results aside, Talia said she thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being in Sydney. ‘‘It was really cool. I met a lot of people from different countries.’’
Talia thanked her parents, her coach and other supporters. ‘‘I really do want to thank my parents, for all their support and for the fact they were just willing to help me get to Sydney.’’
Talia also headed to Christchurch to run at the ITM meet, where she competed in the 4x400m relay and the 100m race – the latter primarily for fun. And Talia will also compete at the 2013 Porritt Classic in Hamilton.
Talia Horgan with the medal she won while qualifying for Sydney