Teen athlete preparing for international competition

TALENTED: Athlete Marlie Campton is hoping to secure a berth at the World Schools Championship.
TALENTED: Athlete Marlie Campton is hoping to secure a berth at the World Schools Championship.

TALENTED Binna Burra athlete Marlie Campton could be in line for a dream overseas trip after successfully qualifying for the National Cross-Country Selection Trials in Launceston next month.

The 15-year-old chose to forego the chance of potentially medalling at the recent NSW State CHS Cross Country championships at Homebush.

Instead, she focussed on National selection and making the 2014 World Schools championships in Emek Hamaayanot, Israel.

Only the first six 16-year-olds (or 15-year-olds running up) will be selected from the Nationals for Israel.

Marlie ran up an age group at the State selection trial, which was part of the 16 years girls' 4km race, knowing that she needed to place to qualify for Nationals.

She achieved her goal, taking third spot behind Emily Augustine (Roseville College) and Bellingen's Karlie Swanson.

"When I learned about the World Championships about 12 months ago, I decided I wanted to go," Marlie said.

"My training regime wasn't what I wanted because of illness and injury, and I only managed three good weeks of training in the lead-up to State.

"I'm usually happy to better my PB every time I'm out there but now I'm focussed on Worlds. I think I can do this."

At Launceston in the U18s at Nationals next month, the first six 16-year-olds (or 15-year-olds running up) will be selected for the World Championships.

Considering her age and the enormity of the challenge, Marlie is motivated to push herself to achieve her goal.

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