Cherrybrook athletes off to Youth Olympics

Two Cherrybrook Athletics Club stars have been selected to represent Australia at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Nick Andrews will compete in the 110 metre hurdles and Rachel Pace will compete in the 100 metre hurdles.

Andrews, 17, whose personal best time is a blistering 13.45 seconds, was over the moon when he found out he'd be representing Australia at the Games.

"When I was selected I was really really excited," Andrews said. "It will be my first overseas competition competing for Australia, I can't wait for it."

Andrews is a year 11 student at The Kings School who hopes to continue his athletics career past the Games.

"Hopefully one day I can represent Australia at the Olympics, that's the main goal," said Andrews.

Andrews loves athletics and the feeling of running fast.

"I feel like nothing is holding me back and I'm doing what I do best."

Pace, 16, is in year 11 at Rouse Hill High School and believes the "once in a lifetime" cliche definitely applies in her case.

"It was so amazing to know that I'd be running for my country and I'm only so young," she said.

"It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as cheesy as that sounds."

Pace has just stepped up to the longer distance from the 90 metres length of younger age groups but still has a very quick personal best of 13.49 seconds and she won the age group above — under-18s — at nationals to prove she's ready for the Youth Olympic Games.

"I like training and all my friends at athletics — I think the socialising is just as important as the competition," Pace said.

Pace also has aims to progress her athletics career.

"I definitely would like to do Commonwealth Games, Olympics and see where the sport takes me," said Pace.

The Youth Olympic Games, in which competitors are between 14 and 18, is on August 16-28.

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