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My Favourite – Zach Saunders
The rising sprint ace blitzed to the men’s 100m and 200m U20 sprint double at the 2022 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships. We chat to the 18-year-old from Pakuranga AC to find out more.
Favourite achievement in athletics:
ZS: It has to be winning the 100m and 200m double at nationals this year.
Favourite athlete of all time:
Lewis Hamilton. He’s such a fearless competitor and puts everything on the line to be the best at what he does.
Favourite competition you’ve ever watched:
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The athletics was on fire.
Favourite athletics venue:
Hastings, fast track, mostly good winds, sprinters dream.
Favourite piece of coaching advice:
Bananas are not fast, cheers Morty (Zachary’s coach, James Mortimer).
Favourite training session:
150s are the best.
Favourite school athletics memory:
Jayden Williamson running hurdles races!
Favourite pre-competition song:
Takeover by Lee Mvtthews
Favourite other sport:
Football. It was the first sport I really enjoyed and it brought out my competitive side.
Favourite ice cream flavour:
Cookies and cream
Favourite YouTube video:
Karsten Warholm winning gold and setting a world record at the Tokyo Olympic 400m hurdles final
Favourite day of the week:
Saturday, competition day or big training session.
Favourite video game:
Not a massive fan of gaming, but it would be FIFA.
Favourite sports team:
Lion, king of the jungle.
Favourite thing about New Zealand:
Beaches, most are pretty good for a swim.
Favourite extracurricular activity: