Selwyn sprinter caps off golden summer

by Kent Caddick

Rolleston athlete Maia Broughton has capped off a golden summer by being named Athletics Canterbury’s sprinter of the year for 2017.

The 15-year-old Lincoln High School student received the accolade at Athletics Canterbury’s Athlete of the Year awards dinner held in Christchurch last week.

Broughton, who is coached by former New Zealand representative sprinter Bev Peterson, picked up five gold medals at the National Track and Field Championships in Hamilton earlier this year, competing for Canterbury in the U18 division.

The Selwyn Athletics Club member captured the triple crown of sprinting at the nationals, winning the 100m, 200m and 400m titles despite being the youngest athlete in the field.

In addition to her individual success Broughton helped the Canterbury relay teams to gold in the 4x100m and 4x400m events at the nationals.

Throughout the season Broughton broke a number of Canterbury age group records while competing for her province, the Selwyn club and her school.

At the South Island Colgate Games in Invercargill early in the season she secured four individual golds in the girls’ Grade 14 division, winning the 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump events. Her outstanding effort was recognised by games organisers when she was awarded one of five Nick Willis Scholarships awarded at the event.

The scholarships are awarded to athletes who display outstanding performance and the recipients receive a donation to go towards sports gear, coaching and other resources, to help them toward their athletics goals.