Rathdowney State School student Elizabeth Scott came home with a blue ribbon from the Regional Cross Country Championships.
The event held at Runaway Bay on June 5 saw more than 50 children compete for a spot in the state competition.
Elizabeth’s mother Angela Scott said her daughter, who has an intellectual disability, was very excited to be in the running.
“She was racing against abled runners and due to her time she didn’t make it to the state championships,” Ms Scott said.
“She was a bit disappointed she didn’t make state but she was happy that she gave it a go.
“I am more than proud of her, she really opens my eyes as to how much children with disabilities can do.
“Some children think they are too slow to race so they don’t even try but with Lizzie it’s never too hard and she never says she can’t do it.”
Ms Scott said there had been a dedicated tent for children with special needs to sign in for the day and the ladies there had mentioned how impressed they were with Elizabeth’s can-do attitude.
“Lizzie won her race, which was the 11-year-old multi-class event and she is happy she gave it a go,” she said.
“Now she is looking forward to starting it all again next year.”