Athletic allrounder has plenty to be proud of
THREE-time national silver medallist Madison Wells jokes that with her height, she should be a good high jumper.
However, after her career best effort at the recent Australian Multi-events championships in Melbourne, she has plenty to be proud of.
The versatile Lockyer District Athletic Club competitor continued her impressive rise in heptathlon, winning the 800m, coming second in the javelin and long jump and placing third in the hurdles and 200m.
After finishing sixth in the high jump, she said that was a part of her training she needed to improve.
However, the personality-charged Year 11 West Moreton Anglican College student was delighted to collect an under-17 national silver medal in her challenging two-day competition, after also finishing second at under 15 and under 16 Australian level in Sydney.
"That's definitely my best result,'' Wells, 16, said.
"Just because how well I handled the competition.
"For me, sometimes you get a little bit stressed out.
"Some events may not go to plan. You have seven to train for, seven to get right on the two days.
"It's a lot of mental preparation as well. You have to think really hard about what you need to do because if you get one little smidgen of that part wrong, it will affect your point score.''
It all came together in Melbourne with Wells increasing her personal best score by more than 200 points.
"The training was really fierce coming up to it,'' she said.
"Everything was just going really smoothly so I was happy about that.''
Rating the 800m her favourite event, Wells shared why she enjoyed the heptathlon.
"I always get bored doing one or two things. I love a challenge,'' she said.
After starting with Ipswich Little Athletics, she followed coach Bailey Pashley to his new Lockyer District club.
The well-spoken teenager appreciated all the support from Pashley and her parents Sharyn and Lee.
"I used to just do discus and just to be a thrower,'' she said.
"I really got bored with that. I had talent in all the areas, I just wasn't good at everything and then someone actually said 'you should try heptathlons' and then we found Bailey.
"He was welcoming.''
She has continued to make multiple improvements since.
Pashley said the national silver medal-winning effort of Wells showed how multi-event athletes don't have to win every event to be successful.
However, Pashley said they need to be consistent across all seven disciplines.
"The athletes can't afford to have a weak event,'' Pashley said.
"The other essential for these athletes is to have good speed and strength, which Madi has.
"Above all she has tremendous endurance for an excellent 800m.''
Preparing for a three-week break from athletics, Wells is back at WestMAC keen to catch up on her studies.