When Lizzie Ellis broke the 100 metre, 200 metre and High Jump records at the Junior School Athletics Carnival, it was just the beginning of her impressive performance on the track in 2019. The Year 4 student went on to produce personal best times in the Long Jump and 100 metre events at the IPSHA Athletics Championships and has been selected to represent CIS at the NSWPSSA Athletics Championships in the Junior Girls Long Jump event.
Lizzie is a classic example of achieving success through a combination of hard work and doing what you love. She trains with both the Meriden Athletics Team and Inner West Little Athletics Club. Earlier in the year, she competed in the High Jump and 90 metre Hurdles events at the NSW Little Athletics Championships.
Lizzie said she enjoys all the Athletics events in which she participates, but the 100 metre races are her favourite.
“I like the feeling of calm at the start of the race and then when I start to run my fastest, I feel like everything is flying behind me,” she said.
“The thing I most enjoy about Athletics overall is trying to become better and achieving personal bests. I also like team sports because they are fun to play with friends and to see how your team goes.”
Miss Belinda Wilsher, Junior School Sport Coordinator, said Lizzie is constantly building on her athletic skills.
“The effort Lizzie invested in training throughout Term 3 really paid off, with significant increases in her speed and power,” she said.
“Lizzie’s willingness to try her best in different events, even those that are new to her, is commendable and she is a supportive friend to the other girls in our Athletics Team.”
The Meriden community wishes Lizzie the very best at the NSWPSSA Athletics Championships in Term 4.