Kelsie Youman’s medal collection grew again when she returned home from the Combined High School championships with a brace.
Youman raced in the 800 and 1500 metre events and bagged two silvers.
It’s been a massive year for the year 12 student with a successful appearance at the Oceania Championships in Fiji this year. Youman said she took training pretty easy heading into the CHS meet.
“I lost a bit of fitness after Fiji and having a few weeks off training so most of my training was longer distances trying to get my stamina back,” she said.
“I am still doing three training sessions with Jay [Stone] in Armidale a week with one with my mum here in Guyra and extra long runs and core work on the spare days. Because I had my break after Fiji I wasn’t feeling fatigued by the time CHS came but I was also not feeling completely at my peak either.”
She said it was a step-up from previous meets but was thrilled with her results.
“This year I was in the 17 plus age group meaning I was racing girls I had never raced before which meant I didn’t really know what to expect heading into the meet,” she said.
“I was super happy to be able to take home two silver medals, placing behind some very high quality athletes which is always a privilege.”
Youman’s results earned her a place at the NSW All Schools carnival in November but due to HSC commitments, the athletics star will miss the event.
“Because my times that I ran at this meet didn’t quite qualify me for nationals, I will be trying to head to other meets after my HSC is complete to try and get the times I need,” she said.
“It has been pretty busy fitting in my training and study schedule together but I am lucky enough to have my great family and friends who always support me and make sure I am handling everything.”
“I would just like to especially thank my parents who always traveling and supporting me. Also to Jay Stone for always putting 110 per cent into training and supporting me as well as all of his other athletes.”