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Matilda wins 200m Australian gold

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Matilda fresh from the podium at the Australian Track and Field Championships in Darwin. Photo supplied

Mullumbimby’s Matilda Vial has beaten all-comers to become Australia’s fastest runner over 200 metres, for her age.

Matilda attends the Shearwater Steiner school and has achieved outstanding results at the Australian Track and Field Championships held in Darwin last week.

‘She set out her goals and she achieved them all. She wanted a gold medal and achieved this by winning the 200m sprint with a time of 26.19, becoming the 12-years-and-under Australian Champion,’ mother Fernanda Vial said.

‘Her next goal was to run under 13 seconds in the 100m, her PB being 13.06. She achieved this by coming fifth in the final with a time of 12.94.

‘Her next goal was to get a medal against some stiff competition in the 4 X 100m relay, she achieved this by coming in third and winning a bronze medal.’

Matilda would like to thank her school for supporting her and especially her teachers Cherie Kendall, Magnum Brotto and Emma Sweeney. As well as her coaches, Keith and Poly and everyone that helped in buying raffle tickets to get her to Darwin.

‘It takes a community, and Mullumbimby has always supported me,’ Matilda said.

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