2015 Be Active Mullewa Gift winner Adriaan Pelser.
Adriaan Pelser was a worthy winner of the 2015 Be Active Mullewa Gift on Saturday.
He is only 15 but even more remarkably the South African born youngster is now a dual winner as he also won two years ago at 13. To top that off, he was third last year. He is the WCAL Athlete of the Year and he will collect around $2000 in prize money for his Mullewa efforts.
His improvement is easy to gauge. In 2013, he was off a 25m start and won in 12.63 seconds.
Last year, his mark was increased to 20m and he was third in 12.65 seconds. This time he was on 16.5m and won in a blistering 12.42 seconds.
That was enough to hold off another promising junior, 16 year old team mate Daniel Cruickshank who was the backmarker (12.75m) and recorded an excellent 12.63 seconds.
Veteran 36 year old Simon Crieghton (16.5m) was third in 12.69 seconds. “I felt I was in good form and my coach (Paul Edmiston) and I had worked hard on improving my weak points,” Pelser said.
“My start wasn’t the best but after that everything went right. “I still have improvement in me and I am hoping to run 11.3 (over 100m) this year.”
Pelser said he felt comfortable about half way through the race and pleased he held on as the line approached.
“At the end I was confident I had done enough but I kept going flat out.”
“You never know, there might have been someone closing in more quickly than I realised so I kept running hard.”
Pelser now plans to concentrate on running the 100m hurdles, 100m and 200m at the WA All-Schools Championships and then the Nationals.
From there, who knows? He has real talent and better still, trains hard. Pelser also won the 70m Jim Wilson Handicap in relative ease coming off 10.75m to beat Rhys Davies (12.5m) and Cruickshank (8.25m).
By Victor Tanti.
(from left) Second place getter Daniel Cruickshank, winner Adriaan
Pelser and third placed Simon Crieghton.