Sport

Dianne earns Canada tour squad spot

13-year-old Narrabri High School student selected for international tour

High jumper Dianne Roberts proudly holds her invitation to the Sports Travel Australia Track and Field Tour of Australia.

Dianne Roberts was a very excited girl last Tuesday, when a letter arrived addressed for her.

It informed the 13-year-old Narrabri High School student that she had been selected as a member of the Sports Travel Australia 2018 Track and Field Tour of Canada.

Dianne, the daughter of Glenda Green and Norman Walford, is a very sporty person.

She excels in high-jump, and boasts an impressive personal best of 1.40 metres, despite not being currently coached in the sport.

This tour, which Dianne and her family accepted, will provide just that.

Sports Travel Australia conducted its first tour to Canada in 1990, and has been invited back each year.

In 2018 the athletes will depart Australia for Canada on Wednesday, June 27, and return home on Sunday, July 15.

The tour offers young athletes the opportunity to travel and compete

internationally against athletes of similar age and standard.

While abroad the athletes also receive top-quality coaching from a network of managers and coaches from around Australia.

Athletes are invited onto the tours after achieving predetermined standards at various state championships.

The standards are comparable to those of the athletes they will compete against in Canada.

The team will compete at two meets abroad - the Jack Brow Meet, hosted by Okanaghan Athletics Club in the Canadian Province of Britrish Columbia, and the Trevor Craven Meet in Vancouver, hosted by the Norwesters Track and Field Club.