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Lockyer sprinter shows off his gift

PROUD WIN: Lockyer Valley sprinter Leslie Snuderl raises his cheque in celebration following his win in the novice class at the coveted Gold Coast Turf Club Gift.
PROUD WIN: Lockyer Valley sprinter Leslie Snuderl raises his cheque in celebration following his win in the novice class at the coveted Gold Coast Turf Club Gift. Contributed

HAVING three months off is not the best way to prepare for a major competition, but for Lockyer Valley sprinter Leslie Snuderl it was the hallmark behind a special victory.

Despite shaky preparations due to injury, Snuderl, 16, debuted his sprinting talents at the coveted Gold Coast Turf Club Gift track.

"I took about two or three months off beforehand because I stretched the ligaments in my feet during a marathon for the school," Snuderl said.

"I only trained for about two weeks before the gift."

Wet conditions also proved to be an obstacle thrown into the mix.

"It was wet to start off but it cleared up by the end of the day, which was good," he said.

"The track was really puddly and wet so obviously our times were going to be slower than usual."

Snuderl jumped from the blocks to compete in six races throughout the day, even achieving a career highlight.

"In the novice I got the fastest heat and then I won the final as well," he said.

"It was great and it's a good finish and benefit having it finally pay off after two years of training."

"I expected to be in the finals but didn't know if I could've won."

Snuderl also placed second in the U18 Gift.

Despite the achievement being a major confidence boost, Snuderl said there was still plenty to work on.

"I've just got to keep training because there is the Queensland athletic youth championships in late February and I'm also aiming for the next gift race, which will be the Australia Day Gift on the Gold Coast," he said.

"Even through I've got the basics of my sprint style down I need to fine tune it and I still haven't perfected it yet."

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