One young track star is running circles around her competition.
Rosemeadow’s Damita Betham can now add three gold medals to her trophy cabinet.
The 11-year-old travelled to Auckland in New Zealand in January with a team from NSW to compete in the Trans Tasman Championships.
Damita took home a gold in the 100 metre race, first place in the 200 metre race and gold in the four by 100 metre relay event.
“Standing on the podium and getting my medals was the best part of the competition,” she said.
“The other competitors were tough to beat.”
Damita also competed in discus and shotput events at the championships.
The Ambarvale High School student said it was nice to have her extended family from New Zealand there to cheer her on.
Damita and her parents Ernest and Janet Betham wanted to thank Rosemeadow Public School who paid half of Damita’s $3000 costs to travel to Auckland.
In preparation for the New Zealand competition, Damita represented NSW in the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December.
She received a bronze medal for a combination event where she competed in the 100 metre and 800 metre races, shot put and long jump.
Damita credits her recent success to to her new coach Peter Murphy.
“I train with Peter at Albion Park Rail track,” she said.
“I have learnt a lot about my running technique and I have gotten quicker since he started coaching me.”
Damita has being competing for the Campbelltown Collegians Athletics Club in Little Athletics since she was nine-years-old.
She said she loved the atmosphere of competing and is grateful to have made good friends along the way.
Damita has big goals to one day compete in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
“My short term goal is to be selected for the national relay team in the high school competition,” she said.
“I will have to make it through zone, regional and state then I can try out for the national team.”
Her parents were proud of their daughter for always training hard and giving it her all at competitions.