Ballistic on AFL Boundaries
New Zealand Olympic hopeful Aucklander Veronica Torr, 24, who is on the brink of qualifying for the London Games in the heptathlon, has been head-hunted by the Australian Football League (AFL) as a boundary umpire. Torr is considered a “ballistic” athlete capable of matching the men. Torr has been quietly snared on an AFL scholarship. “I guess I’m on an accelerated program – I get a bit of extra help and leeway in my training,” Torr said. She has started in the under-18s in the AFL Queensland competition, but is in a hurry to make her mark and push for a senior AFL berth. “From what the guys are saying, I think two years would be realistic,” she said. In 2009, Torr claimed a Guinness World Record running the fastest 100m hurdles wearing swim fins (female) in19.278 seconds.