Humble Hilal eyes future Olympic spot
ATHLETICS: It's just as well Ipswich Girls' Grammar School student Hilal Durmaz lets her sprinting do the proverbial talking.
She's a humble and quietly spoken national champion.
However, after breaking the under 15 100m record at the recent Australian Junior Championships in Sydney, Durmaz has an exciting future to look forward to.
In recording a time of 11.66s, she bettered the 11.98s standard that had stood since 2006.
"I was really surprised,'' she said having become the fastest sprinter her age in Australia.
It was her first Australian club title, after she also impressed at school competitions in the past.
"I had won at states but never at nationals,'' she said.
In Sydney, the year 9 IGGS student also came second in the 200m and was part of the gold medal-winning Queensland 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams.
While modest about her sprinting achievements, Durmaz said she was hoping to make the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
At 14 and on the rise, she'll continue training over Easter as she prepares for future athletics competitions at school and club.
Ipswich and District Athletic club supremo Vic Pascoe coached ipswich-based Durmaz before she joined a Brisbane club.
"This young girl has an amazing start,'' Pascoe said, having watched her keep pace with older sprinters.
She started her athletics career as a 10-year-old.
Durmaz appreciates the support she receives at Queensland Athletics and at IGGS.
Former Ipswich Girls' Grammar School athletes Montanna McAvoy and Jarmillia Murphy-Knight also impressed at the recent junior nationals.
Ipswich club runner McAvoy and Murphy-Knight qualified to represent Australia in the 3km steeplechase, 5km and 400m hurdles at the world under-20 championships in Finland in July.
They'll join the Australian team for a camp in June.