New Zealand track and field athletes are ``fizzing’’ and ready to compete, Athletics team leader Terry Lomax says.
The first day of the athletics competition gets underway on Wednesday.
Among those competing on the first day are Jack Henry, of Christchurch, and Aaron Booth, from Auckland, who will be competing in the men’s decathlon – who are both at their first major international competition.
Kelsey Berryman, of Christchurch, another young athlete who is gaining her first experience of competing at this level of competition will also be in action in the 100m on Wednesday. ``She’s fizzing, ready to go and that is pretty much the case with all our guys, they can’t wait to compete now.’’
Terry says all the athletes in the athletics team have been training well in the build-up to their competition. They were training sensibly and not over-training, which was a temptation at an international competition like the Games.
The track, a brand new surface, will be fast and some of the athletes who had trained on the surface two days ago were having back-up sessions today to get more used to the track. For example, the two women high jumpers in the team, Elizabeth Lamb and Keeley O’Hagan, had found the fast track had affected their run ups, so they were training again on the track to get more accustomed to the speed of the surface, Terry says.