Fourteen-year-old athlete Emma Daniels, from New Plymouth's Sacred Heart Girls' College, has had an outstanding sporting year.
Her best achievements have been at national level in triathlon and duathlon.
At the New Zealand secondary schools' triathlon championships at Lake Karapiro, Cambridge, the year 10 student competed in the under-14 girls' division where she finished second.
The event involved a 300m swim, a 10km bike ride and a 3km run.
She was first in her age-group at the national triathlon championships at Kinloch.
At the New Zealand secondary schools' duathlon championships in Taupo, Emma finished second in the under-14 girls' race, which involved a 2.5km run, a 10km bike ride and a 2.5km run.
Earlier in the year, Emma was a member of the Taranaki team which won the 2km beach relay title at Ocean Athletes at Mt Maunganui.
At the North Island secondary schools' athletics championships in Auckland, she competed for Taranaki where she finished sixth in both the 800m and 1500m.
At the Colgate Games in Tauranga, she finished fourth in the 800m and 1500m events for 13-year-olds. She won the Taranaki title for her age-group in both races. She is the Taranaki 13-year-old 1500m record holder.
Emma won the Taranaki secondary schools' junior cross-country race and then finished 14th at the New Zealand secondary schools' cross-country championships in Auckland.
She is this year's junior cross-country champion at Sacred Heart and also the school's junior athletics champion for 2012.
Emma was part of the Sacred Heart junior team which won the Taranaki secondary schools' road relays in New Plymouth. She was also part of the Sacred Heart junior team which finished third in the Round the Lake relays in Wanganui.
Emma is also a talented cyclist. She won the Taranaki secondary schools' junior cycling title earlier this year for the second straight year and helped her school team win the teams' time trial trophy.
In triathlon, she won the Taranaki secondary schools' junior girls' cycling title - also for a second straight year. Emma also played for the Sacred Heart 10A netball team this year.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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