Asher Pettengell at the Oceania’s
I was lucky enough to be selected to represent New Zealand for the 200m sprint, 4x100m relay, and 4x400m relay at the recent Oceania Championships running from the 7-11th of June in Mackay, Australia. I was also selected to join a smaller team of younger athletes in a pre-tour of the Gold Coast with the intention of teaching the younger athletes about what it is like to prepare for high level international competitions.
This pre-tour began on the 26th of May and included a pre-meet on Saturday the 28th, a full week of training before travelling up to Mackay, and a pre-meet on the 4th of June in Mackay. Unfortunately, I had sustained both a hamstring and back injury at the end of the New Zealand domestic season and was struggling to run to my full potential, leading me to have a very short lead up into this competition and not being able to run at my best. In saying this, at the pre-meet in Mackay I was able to run one of my fastest times of the season but stirred up my injuries just before the beginning of the big competition.
On the 8th of June I had my 200m heats in the morning in which I was able to get a comfortable second and an automatic final qualifier. Coming to the finals that afternoon I was struggling with my hamstring and during the race found it hard to get into the race and get my legs moving properly, resulting in a 4th place finish with one of my slowest 200m times this season.
Although this trip didn’t prove to be as successful in terms of running results, it was a very valuable experience and I was able to learn a lot from it that will be very helpful in competitions to come.