Young athletes at the double

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Arrowtowner Devoney Spark, 13, and Queenstowner Brooklyn Niwa, 12, starred at this month’s grade 12 and 13 interprovincial athletics champs in Invercargill. 

Devoney ran the fastest 100 metres by 13-year-old girls, setting a personal best of 13.24sec. She was seventh in the 200m with 27.36sec. 

Brooklyn was runner-up in the long jump for 12-year-old boys, though his 4.44m leap was short of his personal best. He also ran the 10th fastest 100m, in 13.09sec. 

Devoney’s success came despite a recent broken wrist and diabetic condition. 

“She could be a national level athlete or even better in the next few years,” coach Lance Smith of Invercargill says.