Rolly runner rolls on

by Kent Caddick

An outstanding summer for Rolleston sprinter Maia Broughton has peaked with the 15-year-old picking up five gold medals at the recent National Track and Field Championships.

Competing for Canterbury in the U18 division at the nationals in Hamilton, Broughton captured the triple crown of sprinting, winning the 100m, 200m and 400m titles despite being the youngest athlete in the field. In doing so the Lincoln High School student, who turned 15 in February, broke her own U16 record in the 200m, a record she had set just a couple of weeks previously at the Canterbury Championships in Timaru. 

In addition to her individual success Broughton helped the Canterbury relay teams to gold in the 4x100m and 4x400m events. Broughton admitted she didn’t expect to do so well at the nationals.

“It was a bit of a surprise really but the other athletes who were really good helped to push me,” she said.

“It has been my best season yet and a lot of that is the result of the work my coach Bev has done with me.”

Broughton, who is coached by former New Zealand representative sprinter Bev Peterson, said the conditions in Hamilton were perfect for the event with plenty of sunshine and little wind.

The season is not quite over for the talented teen as she will be pulling on her Lincoln High School colours to compete at the South Island Secondary School Championships in Dunedin this weekend.

“Then I’ll get a break for a few months, then back into training for next season,” Broughton said.