Name: Anna Laman
My chosen pursuit is Athletics, Track and Field. I am one of Australia’s top middle distance runners (800m, 1500m) and my long term dream is to be part of the Australian Athletics Team for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Oympic Games. I’m currently ranked 3rd on the Australian Open Ranking List for the 800 meters and when I was 15 years old, I was ranked 2nd in the World for my age in the 1500 metres (U18) coming into the World Youth Championships. This dream is a realistic goal but financial and professional support would greatly increase my chances to realise my dream. Without any support from Athletics Australia or the new South Wales Institute of Sport, The Aim for the Stars grant will help me greatly in terms of enabling me to compete around Australia in the Australian Tour Meets to gain greater experience and improve my overall performance.
When did you start?
I started my sport of athletics at the tender age of 5, running for my local Little Athletics club.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
Competing at the IAAF World Youth Championships would be one of my biggest achievements. I was ranked 2nd in the World (in my age group) going into the event. Unfortunately I fell sick while I was over in France, but I still finished 11th in the World for my age group. The World Penn Relays this year in Philadelphia, USA was also another highlight. I raced in the Open Women's 4x800m Relay and our Australian Team broke the All-time Australian Record.
What is your dream?
My ultimate dream is to make the Rio Olympics in 2016. One step at a time, but I believe that if I put in the hard work now and train consistently, I could make this dream a reality.
Who or what have inspired you?
I have been inspired from older athletes such as Georgie Clarke and Zoe Buckerman who have also been competing from a young age. Now actually competing against them in major athletic meets in Australia, it has made me realise my goals and aspirations of competing and being competitive against these internationally known competitors is realistic.
Who's your hero?
Cathy Freeman is one of my hero's, she not only had many adversities and difficulties along the way, proving that anything is possible but she also had this amazing living determination to never give up and she always set herself goals and aspirations which she fulfilled.
Any other special talents?
I play the saxophone in my school band and also sing in the chamber choir. In 2011 I toured Spain with the MLC Cantore Choir, having the opportunity to perform in amazing cathedrals and churches.
I enjoy listening to a wide range of music but one of my personal favourites is acoustic-type music that I can listen to, to calm me down after a hard training session or busy day.
Romeo & Juliet and Chariots of Fire
Born to Run By Christopher McDougal, Dare to Fly By Janine Shepherd, 4 Minute Mile By Sir Roger Bannister and The Great Gatsby By F.Scott Fitzgerald
Favourite TV Show?
I rarely have spare time to watch TV shows, but when I do I enjoy some light hearted comedy like The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, Pretty Little Liars and How I Met Your Mother
Fruit! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, watermelon are my favourites. I could live on fruit!
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
I am very thankful for my grant as it will help me with my travel and accommodation both domestically and internationally, helping me compete more regularly in prestigious athletics competitions. The 2014 Athletics domestic season has just begun, and travelling for these events come at a cost. I have also recently qualified for the World Junior Championships in Oregon, USA in July 2014 and the money will also help fund my trip over to America.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Happiness is the key to success.