We were absolutely blown away by the response from over 40 young, aspiring runners, who applied for the Run2PB Junior Development Support Program that we launched back in November of 2020.
The Run2PB Junior Development Support Program was born out of a desire from all Run2PB coaches who wanted to give back to the sport and help junior runners across all of Australia. This collective of coaches includes Olympians, National & State Representatives, from 1500m through to Ultra Marathoners.
They have all been on the journey as young aspiring runners and understand that to get the very best out of your running you need a strong support system. We, along with our kind partners, are very excited to play a part in building that support system.
We are delighted to announce the following 2021 Recipients:
Cameron is aged 17 and is based in Lara, Victoria.
He is a member of the Lara Runners Club.
Cameron has represented his school at GISSA in 2019 and 2020, competing in the 1500m race in 2019 and 4km in 2020. In 2020, despite the coronavirus restrictions and lack of racing opportunities, he continued to train and work on building his base. He did get a chance to compete virtually in 2020, participating in the Great Australian Cross Country Challenge (GACCC), coming 3rd for the Australian Year 10's in the Finals. Cameron has also become a regular at parkruns and previously competed at events such as Run4Geelong and River Run.
Cameron's current P.Bs include a 1500m - 5:47, 5km - 19:30, 10km - 40:00
"My goal would be to compete in more running events and continue to represent my school in running and GISSA. "
Kiara is aged 15 and based in Emerald, Victoria. She is a member of the Yarra Ranges Athletics Club and is coached by Brendan Dixon.
Kiara has been running since U6 in Little Athletics. She has represented Victoria at Nationals in both Cross Country & Track & Field. In 2018, competing in the U/11 400m, she broke the National Record running 59.9sec. Kiara continues to move through the junior ranks competing at Athletics Victoria Milers Meets and was recently award performance of the meet for her run in the 1500m B Race.
Kiara's current P.Bs include: 400m - 57.7, 800m - 2.12.9
" My major goal is to achieve Australian Junior qualifying times for both in the 800m and 1500m "
Both Cameron and Kiara will be supported by Run2PB with the following:
Financial Support to assist with competition and training camp related costs provided by Run2PB.
Training/Racing Shoes along with individual gait analysis, discussion on shoe rotation and expert guidance with thanks to the The Running Company - Yarraville.
Full Podiatric & Biomechanical Assessment of the lower limb & feet to analyse foot posture and running mechanics with Run2PB Coach & Podiatrist Sophie Fit with thanks to Fitzroy Foot and Ankle Clinic.
Run2PB Mentorship, which includes a direct line and access to any of our coaches to assist with any questions about running and their full support and guidance.
Run2PB Training and Racing Kit to represent at training and events. This includes high quality performance apparel with thanks to On Running.