25 November 2015
Lummow running into form ahead of the nationals schools
It may surprise you but the fastest girl over 400m at the recent 2UX NSW All Schools Athletics Championships was 14-year-old Taliah Lummow. The talented Eastern Suburbs sprinter clocked 57.06 - fastest amongst all seven age divisions at the meet. Next week she travels to Melbourne to tackle Australia’s best at the Australian All Schools.
Taliah Lummow started athletics when she was five-years-old.
“I have attended Randwick Botany little athletics since I was in under-6s. I have always focused on the 100m and 200m events and occasionally adding the 500m and 800m,” said Lummow.
She also competed in the long jump but stopped when she was older due to growing pains.
“It has only been the last two years that I have started running 400s. I was always told I would be a good 400m runner but I didn't believe that until I actually started competing in them.”
While the year-8 OLSH Kensington student is the top of her event over 400 metres, Lummow regularly has a battle for the medals in the shorter 200m. She faces one of the toughest line up of athletes in NSW in any age or event. NSW is blessed to have a tremendous crop of sprinters/hurdlers and long jumpers emerging in the 14-years girls. They include Dakota Thomas, Teah MacPherson, Sara Dougan and Darcie Urquhart.
“I like that I have a competitive age group, it helps me to get the best out of every run. The previous races against them have helped me to run personal bests. Plus they are a great bunch of girls to be around.”
Lummow is coached at ES Marks field by Roger Fabri from the Ramjet Track Club.
“He has been there for me since 2012, supporting me, giving me tools to help my performance and giving loads of advice that has helped me over the years.”
It is no surprise that Lummow’s speed has also been of benefit in a couple of other sports.
“I've made NSW teams in both touch football and Oztag.”
Lummow lines up in Melbourne as the current Australian under-15 400m champion. So what are her goals for the All Schools and into the future?
“My aim for all schools is to get a personal best, ideally to medal although I am one of the youngest in my age group and still have next year in this age group. I just want my hard work to pay off by running a PB. Into the future my long term goal is to make an Australian Olympic team. But short term goals I have set are to make an Australian team, either for World Juniors or Youth Olympics.”
PROFILE: Taliah Lummow
School: OLSH Kensington Year-8
Clubs: Randwick Botany little athletics/South Sydney
Personal bests: 200m 25.0, 400m 56.3
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Sprinter Taliah Lummow (courtesy of David Tarbotton