Local businesses back their boy

The dealer and the dragster – Jono Allen and Joseph Miller. Photo: Wayne Tait Photography.

Joseph Millar’s the fastest thing on two feet in New Zealand  at the moment.

He holds ten senior sprint titles - the most ever won. He can cut out 200 metres in a tick over 20.5 seconds, and may be as fast as anything on Jono Allen’s caryard on Barberry Street, Judea over that distance.

Joseph and Jono are part of a Tauranga team assault on the Commonwealth Games 200 metres title on Australia’s Gold Coast this month.

And Joseph will be on the starting blocks. “I aim to make the final,” he says, “but if I optimise everything, I know I can pull something very special out of the bag. I will run very fast.”

And it will be Jono Allen who helped get him there after loaning him a car off the yard at Tauranga Cars to get to training in Hamilton and help out with living costs.

“He was a young man with potential and needed a hand up,” says Jono.

Two other local businesses pitched in to get Joseph to the Games – Pat Wigley, of Bay SportsMed, and Morne du Plessis, of Bay Skin Cancer.

The sprinter hopes to deliver on the track as a payback. “They have been a massive help,” says Joseph.

“They removed all of the worry so I could focus. It’s a nice feeling knowing there are people willing to help you pursue your dreams and back you to get it done. You don’t always get that in an individual sport.”


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