Young sprinter breaks 46 year record

Chantelle Barnard lives her life in the fast lane.

The 12-year-old is an avid runner and last week she broke a record that had not been broken for 46 years.

Chantelle put in a career best performance at the Sydney South West Regional Athletics Championships amongst tough competition to secure first places in the 200 and 100 metre finals.

Her mother Leanne Patten said the broken record was the icing on the cake.

“Securing the 100m final against the 2016 national champion and numerous other seasoned competitors was a major achievement in itself,” the Campbelltown resident said.

“Only to discover that it was also a record breaking achievement with Chantelle breaking a 1971 record of 13.30 seconds with a time of 13.27 seconds.”

Chantelle said she was “excited and astonished” to win the race and break the long-held record.

She will now prepare for the PSSA State Championships in September and her seventh season of little athletics representing the Campbelltown Collegians Athletics Club. 

Chantelle’s sporting idol is Olympian Sally Pearson.

“Running has always been a major part of Chantelle’s life, starting her little athletics debut as a three-and-a-half-year-old tiny tot with a natural flare for speed and agility, combined with a passion and love for all things fast,” Ms Patten said.

“Chantelle has continued on each year representing at zone, region and state levels for Campbelltown Collegians Little Athletics, school athletics and school cross country across an array of events.

“Each year Chantelle is going from strength to strength with lots of hard work, training and dedication.”