Nathan and Bridget Carter - running as a family.

Young Athlete’s Great Result


On Wednesday, May 9th students from throughout the Province gathered at the Canterbury A & P Showgrounds in Curletts Road, Christchurch to compete in the ‘Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Road Race Championships – 2018’.

Competing in the para athletes all grades, local runner Nathan Carter ran the 1.5 kilometre, under 21’s distance, in – 7mins.04secs coming in at second place, only 0.01 behind the winner.

15½ year old Nathan competes in para athletics as he’s on the Autism spectrum (this is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behaviour). However, his Mum, Bridget Carter reports he is possessed of an amazing determination to do well in his running and hates to miss any training sessions – wet or fine!

“This was an awesome achievement/ effort for Nathan with a great result,” Bridget added.  “I did find it amusing though, that the winner managed a last minute sprint at the end to take first place, but Nathan preferred his one, fast, steady, pace. That is however, unless he’s running with his Mother, in which case he will never allow me to overtake him,” Bridget laughed.

“Amongst the eleven Darfield High School pupils competing was Nathan’s good friend, fifteen year old Ben Knowles,” Bridget reported. “The year  ten student also had a great result placing 27th, a huge improvement from last year’s 52nd,” she enthused.

Nathan, who is in year 11 at Darfield High School, is in his second year of running competition and competes in both para and mainstream events at the Toc H Papanui Club.

His family is immensely proud of his achievement not only in his road racing but also his general determination.

“He knows what he wants and strives to achieve it. He loves to run and it’s so great to be able to do this together as a family,” Bridget said. “I asked him after the race how it had gone and he was positive, saying it felt ‘good’.