2022 NSW All Schools Athletics Championships being held at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush.
One of the performances of the 2nd day was Ada Rand from St George District Athletics Club she was superb in the 17-years 1500m win in a meet record time of 4:22.83. Aged 13 years in 2019, Ada Rand ran the brilliant time of 2:12.69 for 800m. The next year she ran 4:26.33 for 1500m. But in the last 18 months Ada’s great performances went missing.
She really struggled through COVID.
“My times were terrible,” she said. “I would show up and not feel like myself. I felt crap at training.
“I never ever thought about quitting. I’ve been running since I was six, so it has always been a big part of my life and I had confidence I would come out of that. I knew I could get back to how I was running before. My family and coaches have always been super supportive.”
It was not injuries, but low iron diagnosed. She also made a coaching change to Ben Liddy after her coach retired.
“I started working more on her fitness. I did long runs and that has helped me a lot. Ben also improved my pacing.”
The results were obvious today at the NSW All Schools, with Ada breaking her 3-year-old 1500m PB by over three seconds, clocking 4:22.83. It also took nearly three second from the championship record and was the fourth fastest time in the history of the meet.
Article & Photo: David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW