Xanthi Hand crowned U16 North Coast Cross Country champion

Xanthi Hand
Xanthi Hand

Australian sporting women are having a huge moment in the spotlight this week, and here's another superstar to add to your radar.

Athletic powerhouse Xanthi Hand can seemingly do no wrong.

Put a ball in her hands or a track under her feet and the Nambucca Heads High youngster will leave the rest for dead.

Just take her blitz at the North Coast Cross Country Championships at Nana Glen on Friday where her competition had to eat her dust from about 500 metres behind her... and the race was only four kilometres long.

Regional championships at Nana Glen. Images by 'The Run Beyond Project'

Regional championships at Nana Glen. Images by 'The Run Beyond Project'

"I could have gone faster but I was feeling pretty comfortable and didn't need to," she said.

She was surprised by her win, but she needn't have been after leading the pack from the get go - even after consuming a large steak sanga just before the starting gun.

"Maybe it made the difference?" joked Dad, Jimmi.

Xanthi's just built for it. Even as a toddler she had abs. Tell me, have you ever seen another toddler with abs?

"She's the youngest of seven girls and she's the only one built like it."

The girl's got natural talent in spades, but don't think that means she doesn't put in the work.

You'll find her most Wednesdays down at the EJ Biffin oval clocking up a casual six kilometres in preparation for the Run Beyond Project in Coffs Harbour in September.

"She comes home after and she's not even red-faced," Jimmi said.

"She's gotten used to running long distances and it's put her in good stead for this [Cross Country].

"We're not pushy parents either, she's doing this for the love of it."

Besides Cross Country, Xanthi also plays representative League-tag, Oztag, and Basketball, and is a proud representative of the Yuin and Dharug nations.

Besides Cross Country, Xanthi also plays representative League-tag, Oztag, and Basketball, and is a proud representative of the Yuin and Dharug nations.

As the fastest fifteen-year-old long distance runner from Port to the Tweed, Xanthi is now preparing herself for the State titles and has her eyes set on making the Nationals later this year.

"I'd at least like to make the top 30," she said.

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