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