Clin­ton Kyle loves noth­ing more than feel­ing the wind in his face while he sprints

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT - Noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

THE 18-year-old ev­ery­one calls Cuz is turn­ing into the run­ner he al­ways wanted to be.

Clin­ton Kyle said he ran ev­ery­where and he could run for kilo­me­tres around Eidsvold and never get tired.

“I feel good when I run. I get a bit of a rush as I get faster and I en­joy the feel of the wind in my face,” he said.

“I started run­ning at Lit­tle Ath­let­ics when I was very small. I didn’t want to jump any­thing or throw any­thing, I just wanted to run.”

Re­cently Clin­ton won the North Bur­nett 8km cross coun­try trial for boys be­tween 18 and 19 years.

“I didn’t have any­one to run against so I knew I would win the race and I just ran to please my­self,” Clin­ton said.

“It was so nice to run through the coun­try, through the prop­er­ties and cross the fin­ish line and take the record.”

The Eidsvold Year 12 stu­dent took eight min­utes off the old record.

Clin­ton’s mother Natasha said from an early age Clin­ton was rac­ing around the yard.

“I have al­ways thought he would make a good ath­lete and now that he is all grown up I can see that he could have a good fu­ture as a long dis­tance run­ner,” Ms Kyle said.

“He now holds a few records for 800m, 1500m and now a mas­sive cross coun­try record. I think he has worked out what he can re­ally do.”

Clin­ton re­calls the day he started at aW­ide Bay trial 1500m race when he was so far ahead of the rest of the field he stopped and waited for them to catch up and then he took off again.

“I love to run for the fun of it, not so much about the win­ning,” he said.

“Get­ting out of town and meet­ing new peo­ple and run­ning in new places is a great thing to do.”

DIS­TANCE RUN­NER: Clin­ton Kyle is on the top of his game with the world at his feet.

Be­ing from a small town is some­thing Clin­ton’s fa­ther, An­thony Dodd, knows could be the thing that could hold his son back.

“Clin­ton is about to leave school and he has a prospect of go­ing to work on one of the larger cat­tle prop­er­ties in the area,” Mr Dodd said.

“He wants to get into agri­cul­ture and learn about farm­ing and the cat­tle in­dus­try so his run­ning will prob­a­bly come sec­ond to his work.

“In th­ese lit­tle coun­try towns the op­por­tu­nity for Clin­ton to con­tinue his run­ning is limited.”

Clin­ton was born in Cairns and as he has grown up it has be­come ev­i­dent that he suf­fers from a learn­ing dis­abil­ity.

Mr Dodd said Clin­ton had now been cer­ti­fied as an ath­lete with a dis­abil­ity.

“Clin­ton’s fu­ture is not set in stone but as long as he con­tin­ues to be a clean living fun guy he will do al­right.”

Clin­ton has worked at the lo­cal Foodworks store af­ter school for two years and when he fin­ishes work he runs out to the Eidsvold Ceme­tery.

“I just run out there to say hi to the an­ces­tors who are buried there and then home for tea.”

I started run­ning at Lit­tle Ath­let­ics when I was very small. I didn’t want to jump any­thing or throw any­thing, I just wanted to run.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

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