Mackenzey crowned state's fastest in 2000m
OCEAN Shores Primary School student Mackenzey Ormiston has added a gold medal to her already bulging trophy cabinet at the recent NSW PSSA State Cross Country Championship in Sydney.
Mackenzey can now call herself the state’s fastest nine-year-old after being crowned New South Wales champion in the 2000-metre race.
“The weather was awful down in Sydney with strong winds and heavy rain making for challenging race conditions,” said proud mum Cynthia, who heard the race via mobile phone.
“I wasn’t able to make it to Sydney so my husband Ian gave me a running commentary as the race progressed.
“It was the next best thing to being there.”
As the Byron News reported back in May, Mackenzey underwent surgery last year to insert a temporary metal screw into her broken ankle. However, since orthopaedic surgeons at Tweed Heads Hospital gave her the go-ahead two months ago, she hasn’t looked back.
In order to qualify for the state championship, Mackenzey had to win a number of cross-country races, including district, zone and regional events.
“Only after you get through that are you eligible to enter the top six state level in your age group,” Cynthia said.
Athletic talent clearly runs in the family – Mackenzey’s older sister Cassidy also competed in Sydney.
“We are very proud of our girls and will continue to support them doing what they love to do,” Cynthia said.