Anna Laman is our 12th Athlete to speak to us about making the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships Team. Members of the team will compete in Eugene (USA), from July 22nd to 27th 2014.
How did you get involved in Athletics?
I started running at the tender age of 5 years old at Little Athletics. My older brother always ran so I grew up watching him and eventually gave it a try too! My mum says that we were all such energetic children so she had to try and channel our energy into sport.
When you first heard that you made the team, what was your initial reaction?
I was super excited! I thought, “wow, all my hard work has really been worth it.” I thanked my coach and parents for their endless support, because without them I would not have been able to achieve my goal.
Are you doing anything differently in preparation for this competition?
I’ve had a few ups and downs in my preparation for this World Juniors. I partially tore a ligament in my foot so I have been cross training mainly.
What are you most looking forward to about the trip to Eugene (USA)?
Competing in front of thousands of people. The crowds at any athletic meet in the US are amazing, nothing like that in Australia. I’m also looking forward to spending time with the Australian team and meeting new people!
Who has been your biggest inspiration in this sport?
My family are my biggest inspiration, I am so thankful for their endless support and encouragement of my athletic ability. An athlete who inspires me is Cathy freeman – she had many ups and downs (both emotionally and physically) in her career, yet went on to win gold at the Olympics for Australia!
What advice would you give to someone who is looking to become a professional Athlete?
I think it takes a lot of determination and self-belief to get to an international level in Athletics. I think it’s so important to truly believe you can achieve your goals and enjoy the climb! Set specific goals to strive towards and visualise yourself doing them. I believe happiness is the key to success. Enjoy working hard, eating healthy, the pain you feel at training, the feeling of knowing you gave it everything. It all comes down to self satisfaction and challenging yourself.