Good as gold
COMMONWEALTH Games prospect Larissa Chambers feared her first Oceania Games competition would end in heartbreak after twisting her ankle playing netball.
However, the rapidly-rising Ipswich sprinter showed her class and commitment to successfully represent Australia in Cairns last week.
Chambers, 16, was rewarded with two gold medals and a silver in open competition.
"I'm stoked," she said.
"It was really unexpected."
Chambers won gold in the 200m (24.70s) and for running the last leg of Australia's 4x100m relay team.
Her silver medal was in the 100m, where she missed gold by just 0.02 seconds.
Chambers' scintillating 200m effort was only 0.02 seconds outside her personal best.
The affable teenager's coach Vic Pascoe was in Cairns watching Chambers during his role as a national coach.
"I was really amazed at the way she ran that 200m on the first day and the time was exceptional after that injury scare," Pascoe said.
"We weren't able to do much work with her the last week-and- a-half. But it worked out good."
Chambers had sprained her ankle in the last quarter playing for Springfield Anglican College in the recent final.
"With Cairns being so close, I was really worried about the ankle," the Year 11 student said.
"But it turned out really good. The results were amazing."
Her major goal is qualifying for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.
June junior sportstar Larissa Chambers. Age: 16.
Clubs: Ipswich and District Athletics Club and final year of Ipswich Little Athletics.
Achievements: Representing Queensland and Australia at major meetings, including last week's Oceania Games, where she won two gold medals and a silver.
Personal bests: 100m - 12.17s; 200m: 24.68s.
Athletics goals: To represent Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Career focus: Working in the fitness, lifestyle and health industry.