Lit­tle­wood breezes to the top

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AP­PLE­CROSS teenager Zac Lit­tle­wood has been re­warded for a pro­duc­tive cou­ple of years with a nom­i­na­tion in the Ju­nior Sports Star cat­e­gory of Fe­bru­ary’s WA Sports Awards.

The Fre­man­tle Sail­ing Club com­peti­tor took to the sport when he was just eight years old, ris­ing through the ranks to se­cure a schol­ar­ship with the WA In­sti­tute of Sport (WAIS).

Lit­tle­wood (16) was also re­cently se­lected in the Aus­tralian Youth Team to con­test the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in the United States in July.

“I am hon­oured and proud to be short­listed,” he said of his nom­i­na­tion.

“It’s ob­vi­ously great to be ac­knowl­edged for my re­sults over the past year.”

Along the way he has com­peted and thrived at sev­eral youth com­pe­ti­tions.

“I went back to the Youth Worlds in late Au­gust last year, where I got 10th over­all and ranked sec­ond in the Un­der17 field of nearly 280 youth boys from over 40 coun­tries,” he said.

“I also com­peted in the Nether­lands last Au­gust at the Open Laser Ra­dial World Cham­pi­onships, where I was the youngest com­peti­tor and achieved a bronze medal.”

The wins do not stop there, with Lit­tle­wood re­cently claim­ing the 2018 Aus­tralian and Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onships in Queens­land.

“It was a re­sult of all the hard work and sup­port from my fam­ily, coaches, WAIS and var­i­ous other peo­ple, in­clud­ing my men­tors, yacht clubs, spon­sors and the fi­nan­cial grants that al­low me to go these events and com­pete,” he said.

“I’m go­ing into Year 12 this year, so while jug­gling school the aim is to com­pete over­seas at an­other youth worlds.”

Award win­ners will be an­nounced at Op­tus Sta­dium on Fe­bru­ary 8.

THE ESSENTIALS

Ju­nior Sports Star Award Zac Lit­tle­wood: Sail­ing Sasha Zhoya: Ath­let­ics Jemima Hor­wood Swim­ming Nikita Hains: Div­ing Tim Putt: Wa­ter Polo Fred Lee: Golf

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