Distance runner’s long-term plan

Year 12 student Ben Chamberlain is excited to be making his debut in the Commonwealth Youth Games in September.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d436331
Distance runner’s long-term plan
Year 12 student Ben Chamberlain is excited to be making his debut in the Commonwealth Youth Games in September. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d436331

The Newman College student and Floreat resident said he had been expecting to make it into the Australian team, but was still very excited when the announcement was made that he would represent his country in the 3000m track event .

The 2015 Games will be held in Samoa from September 5 to 12.

�I started running when I was about 10 years old and got into middle distance when I was 12,� Ben said.

�I just seemed to enjoy it and I enjoy watching it too.

�This will be the first time I�m in a national team representing Australia, so I was really excited when I found out.�

Ben�s coach is his dad and his mum acts as his dietician, cooking most meals.

He said his family�s support was constant.

�I train about six times a week � I�ll be working on aerobic capacity and then closer to the date I�ll work on speed,� Ben said.

�I�m going in open-minded; it�s my first international experience so it�s hard to know what to expect.

�I�m just going to give it a good crack and see what happens.�

Ben said the advantage of running was that it did not take up too much of his time and he could still get his schoolwork done and see friends.

�I will be missing a bit of school this year because of the Games,� he said. �I do want to go to university, but I�m keeping an open mind, keeping my options open.�