Para-athlete right on track

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Quick time . . . Liam Wilson in action during a sprinting race. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The New Zealand Secondary School Athletics Association Track and Field Championships will be held in Dunedin this month. In the lead-up, The Star is profiling Dunedin athletes entered in the competition.

A secondary school runner likes to visualise himself winning a race to “get in the zone”.

Liam Wilson will put his pre-meet ritual to the test when he lines up in the New Zealand Secondary School Athletics Association Track and Field Championships at the Caledonian Ground next week.

Liam (14) will compete in the 100m, 200m and long jump and hoped to get personal bests and beat his national records.

He is the New Zealand under-17 para-record holder in all three events.

His biggest influence was Liam Malone and he was coached by Raylene Bates.

“She is very committed to athletics, she’s fun, motivational, and the best coach out there.”

His favourite athletics session is anything which focuses on running and jumping.

He encouraged anyone thinking about getting involved in the sport to go along to their local club and “give it a go”.

“If you like it, sign up and compete on a Saturday.

“If you have a disability you should contact your local ParaFed as it’s a great way to get involved in sports.”