I first represented New Zealand at the Pacific School Games in 2008 as a 13 year old competing in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. This was an amazing experience that inspired me to work even harder and set goals to reach the highest level in the sport. I continued to run as well as play touch, netball and hockey at representative level throughout high school. Until a hockey injury resulted in serious damage to my knee requiring surgery. It was a long road to recovery and there was a time when I swore I would never compete in competitive sport again. Three years after the surgery I got back into playing club hockey. Then just last year, after watching my brother achieving his goals of racing against Usain Bolt and claiming the New Zealand record, I realised I was wasting my talent. So late last year I decided to sign up to the Hamilton City Hawks club and give it a shot. I had a great season reaching personal best times in my first 7 races. During the season back I managed to qualify for the New Zealand team to compete at the Oceania Championships in Tahiti. I have absolutely loved being back on track an pushing my body to its limits. I cannot wait for the season to begin and to see if the hard work over the winter months has paid off. Thank you to the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation for making it possible for to me take up this opportunity to compete at the Oceania Champs.

Sophie Millar

Sophie Millar