Devlin wins on sand, eyes track
ON the beach at North Burleigh, Georgia Devlin showed once again that she was queen of the sand.
But the Moore Park Beach sprinter has her eyes squarely focused on translating her success to the track.
“The surf lifesaving is going really well, but I want to get my name out there more in the athletics side,” Devlin said.
Racing for North Burleigh Surf Lifesaving Club Devlin dominated at the Sizzler Oceans 38 Carnival on the weekend, winning gold in the open and under-17 sprints and the under-17 flags.
Former Moore Park Surf Life Saving Club team-mate Jesse Hawkes was the only other athlete from the region to compete at North Burleigh.
He finished second in the under-19 male sprints and fourth in flags.
“It was a big tournament,” Devlin said.
“It wasn’t as big as the South Pacific Championships or the Fastest Man on Sand, but it was good to compete against quality opposition.”
The early part of 2010 is looming as the busiest period the 16-year-old sprinter has faced in her young athletics career.
In the next two months she will compete in the final of the Fastest Man on Sand, the National Athletics Championships, the inaugural Australian Junior Championships and begin Year 12.
“It’s all pretty scary, but that’s the way it is,” she said.
“I’ve been training really hard and it’s going to get more intense now.”
Held in Sydney, the inaugural Australian Junior Championships in March are looming as the biggest challenge for Devlin early in the season.
“That’s where I really want to get my name out there and perform well in the 400m,” she said