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GJ Watkins trained athlete to run in world mountain title

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Annabelle Wilson is off to the World Mountain
Running Championships.

Annabelle Wilson peaks for mountains
By Denis Craven
Geelong Advertiser
June 24th, 2011

IT WILL take a mighty mountain to stop Annabelle Wilson in her tracks.

Wilson, 19, will wear Australian colours for the first time at the World Mountain Running Championships in Tirana, Albania, on September 11.

The Deakin University student's selection in the three-member Australian junior women's team comes three years after she switched her main focus in athletics to middle distance running.

Her junior coach Anula Costa said yesterday Wilson was among the most determined athletes she had seen at Landy Field.

"Annabelle started her athletics career as a long and triple jumper. She worked hard at her jumping and would train throughout the cold winter months whilst others pursued different sports," Costa said.

"Come rain, hail or shine, Annabelle always attended training sessions and she indicated her dedication would lead to greater things ahead."

Wilson has not looked back since concentrating on middle-distance running in 2007.

She is now coached by former top middle distance runner Graeme Watkins and is a regular competitor in Geelong.

The Albania event is her first overseas trip for athletics and she will face rivals from 30 countries. "I'll be racing over 4.8km on a steep hill on an up and back course," she said.

"It's a marvellous opportunity to compete overseas, run with some of the Victorian and Australian girls and experience international competition."

She will also join the Australian senior women's team to compete at the Commonwealth Mountain Running Championship at Mt Snowdon in north Wales in late September.

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