Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Faster New Life

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Faster New Life

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Byline: David Lems

Rising talent to watch

Athlete: Miriam Peni.

Born: PNG. Moved to Australia four years ago.

Favourite event: 100m.

Personal bests: 12.26s in 100m; 25.21s in 200m.

Other sports enjoy: Touch football for school and Ipswich association -- "It uses a lot of speed and that's one of my strengths''.

Biggest supporters: Parents Jack and Nola, coach Vic Pascoe, Ipswich Girls' Grammar School.

Favourite music: Pop and classic.

Most enjoyable part of athletics: "Meeting new people and being able to challenge yourself''.

Toughest part: "When the conditions aren't right''.

BEFORE discovering a life of opportunity in Ipswich, Miriam Peni didn't know she could run so fast.

She's now about to represent her new school, club and city while competing for her country of birth at the Pacific Games.

The popular Ipswich Girls' Grammar School student from Papua New Guinea possesses as much personality as potential.

However, she has modestly gone about her business improving her times at the Ipswich and District Athletic Club and at IGGS.

Under the watchful eye of tireless Ipswich coach Vic Pascoe, Peni has advanced from Little Athletics to becoming a Commonwealth Games prospect.

Next month's Pacific Games in Port Moresby provide an important stepping stone, with 24 countries participating in 28 sports.

"It's very exciting but I'm getting nervous as well,'' said the 16-year-old, who is living at Leichhardt with her family.

"I'm very proud.

"My family is going to be there. Everyone who I know will be supporting me.''

After winning two gold and a bronze medal in under-18 and open competition at last month's Oceania championships, Peni is about to compete in the 100m and 200m, and possibly the 4x100 relay. …

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