Hillary Scholar gets Games call up

8 July 2014

Kristie Baillie

Hillary Scholar: Kristie Baillie will be running for gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Twenty-two-year-old Waikato student Kristie Baillie has been pulled in as the final member of the New Zealand 4x400m relay squad, and is on her way to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

She had been named as a non-travelling reserve for the relay team but was confirmed by selectors last Friday due to a member of the team being unable to meet fitness standard by the deadline.

Achievements and Qualifications

Kristie is in her fifth year at Waikato, studying towards a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours, majoring in Anthropology.

She holds a Prime Minister’s Athletics Scholarship and is a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, and is one of four high-achieving scholars that were selected to go to Nepal in 2015 as a recipient of the Step Higher Award.

The Morrinsville athlete recently ran a season best time of 54.69 seconds on the Gold Coast. Her personal best is 53.19sec.

The relay squad comprises Kristie, Zoe Ballantyne, Portia Bing, Katherine Camp, Brooke Cull and Louise Jones.

Her relay team will have two warm-up events in the United Kingdom before July 23, the start of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Career highlights

Kristie's career highlights include winning the Senior Women’s 400m at the 2012 New Zealand Track and Field Championships, coming second in the Senior Women’s 200m and third in the 100m.

She also won the 400m at the New South Wales Track and Field Championships in Australia. The 2014 season has seen Kristie place fifth at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships in the 400m and eighth in the 200m.

On her return from the Commonwealth Games, Kristie will start her honours thesis in Anthropology, a programme in which she also tutors.

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