Athlete on track for the catwalk
Athlete Caitlyn George is taking time out from training on Sunday to audition for modelling at the Hokonui Fashion Awards.
George, whose family farm at Kaiwera, near Gore, is among the Kiwis competing at the Oceania track and field championships in Rarotonga on June 24-26.
The fashion awards are in Gore on July 25-26 and George is keen to model at the event after enjoying the role last year.
A student at St Hilda's Collegiate School in Dunedin, George specialises in 100m and 200m on the track. She is coached in Dunedin by Brent Ward, but when she spends weekends and school holidays at Kaiwera, the teenager travels to Invercargill for coaching from Jim Glasson.
George, 15, finished third in the 100m and 200m at the New Zealand secondary schools' track and field championships in Hamilton in December. At the South Island secondary schools' champs at Timaru in April, George won the 100m and 200m.
Her time of 12.37sec for the 100m at Timaru broke the record held by former Southland star Jane Muir (nee Arnott). George also won the 100m and 200m at the Otago-Southland secondary schools' champs in Invercargill in March.
"She's very determined and sets goals," Glasson said.
George said she had made many friends in athletics. "I love the sport, it's very social."
The Southland Times