Driscoll follows in father's footsteps

CHAMPION: Ringwood's Emma Driscoll leads the other runners during the little athletics 100m handicap. Driscoll is the third generation of her family to compete at the Stawell Gift. Picture: Little Athletics Victoria

CHAMPION: Ringwood's Emma Driscoll leads the other runners during the little athletics 100m handicap. Driscoll is the third generation of her family to compete at the Stawell Gift. Picture: Little Athletics Victoria

Emma Driscoll became the third generation in her family to compete at the Stawell Gift at the weekend.

The nine-year-old competed in the Little Athletics 100m handicap and finished second in her heat, just missing out on a spot in the final.

Emma followed in the footsteps of her father and great uncle who both competed during the Gift weekend.

Her father Richard said watching her on the same track brought back memories of his time racing.

“It was fantastic to see her on the same track as I raced on years ago,” he said.

“She loves it and had a great time during the weekend.”

Richard ran in every race up to the 400m, including the Gift nine times.

He said he was happy to give Emma advice if she wanted it, but was happy to just let her do her own thing as she chooses.

“It is her sport now, not mine but I give her some advice at different times,” he said.

“If she wants to continue running in the future, I will certainly give her the support.  

“She loves it now but time will tell if it continue.”

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