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.