Pelican Flat Public School cross-country student goes the distance

Pelican Flat Public School cross-country student Chelsea Robertson.

Pelican Flat Public School cross-country student Chelsea Robertson.

YOUNG sport star Chelsea Robertson will take her athletic talent to state level for the second time in as many years.

The 11-year-old Pelican Flat Public School student carries the baton for her school in cross-country.

Chelsea was the only student selected to represent the school at the regional athletics carnival last month, where she finished third, a one-place improvement on her result last year. This placing also opens the door to the state competition in July.

Chelsea, who only started running two years ago, has already made a name for herself as an all-rounder sportsperson. As well as running, she has participated in Little Athletics, netball, swimming and Oztag.

Her PE coach, Julie Heath, said Chelsea was one of the school's most talented sports representatives.

"I think Chelsea is the type of sportswoman who could pick up any sport and just do it," Mrs Heath said.

Chelsea is a frequent face among the crowd at the Belmont parkrun, a five-kilometre run held every weekend.

She competes alongside 15 family members and friends, who train twice a week as an informal group.

Through hard work, dedication and persistence, Chelsea trained herself to run three kilometres in 14 minutes - her finishing time when she competed at the state cross-country carnival last year. She placed 21st - a record she hopes to beat this year.

Chelsea will travel to Sydney next month to go for gold again.

She needs to place in the top five to qualify for nationals.

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