Christine Wearne ready for Ballarat Women’s Gift

SO near scratch, Christine Wearne knows her Victorian Athletic League will be real tough.

That just makes her train harder.

The Sydneysider will race from a backmark of 0.25 metres in the $5000 Ballarat Women’s Gift 120m this weekend.

It is a massive move back from the six metres off which she won her title as The Flash in the Lithgow Flash 120m women’s sprint.

And the 1.75m she started off in Bay Sheffield.

“There’s nothing to be upset about in having my mark pulled – it just means I must’ve gotten faster,” Wearne said.

Wearne will arrive in Ballarat in stellar form.

This season, the 26-year-old captured her Flash crown, won the invitational backmakers at Bay Sheffield, finished runner-up in the invitational backmarkers at Queanbeyan and posted a personal best of 11.84 seconds to win the Hunter Classic 100m on the Athletics Australia national circuit.

She is keen to test her form in Stawell and in Australia’s richest women’s footrace, the $10,000 Stonnington Gift that Ballarat’s Tara Domaschenz has won the past two years.

Ballarat seemed like a logical choice, with quality rivals, to test Victorian competition.

A change in coach – Wearne works with Sydney’s Gregory Smith – has reinvented her race after spending last season learning to work with each other.

Wearne said this season was all about putting it together.

Trialling to make the Glasgow Commonwealth Games team is a major goal but Wearne said she was keen just to see how this summer unfolded.

“I’ll be trying my best to get in the team, I’ll be training as hard as I can to get there and it’s a goal but I won’t be overly devastated if I don’t get in at this stage because I’ll then know it wasn’t meant to be, yet,” Wearne said.

“My focus is track mainly and the Gifts are a break in normal competition.

“They’re more fun and relaxing. I’ll definitely be racing seriously but I also enjoy the show each gift puts on – every town is 

different.”

melanie.whelan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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