Walk­ing tall af­ter vic­tory

Melville Times - - Wafl -

MELVILLE race walker Xavier Bernard has set his sights on the na­tional cham­pi­onships af­ter de­fend­ing his gold medal at the Lit­tle Ath­let­ics State Track and Field Cham­pi­onships.

Xavier claimed his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Un­der-11 Boys 1100m Race Walk ahead of Jar­rod Clark and Cam­den Mar­riot.

Fel­low Melville lo­cal Aidan Hancy fin­ished fifth.

Xavier (10) said he was ec­static af­ter tak­ing out the win.

“I put a lot of train­ing into it. It was very re­ward­ing. My dad kept say­ing: ‘See Xavs, all of that hard work has paid off’,” he said.

The Mel Maria Catholic Pri­mary School stu­dent now has his eyes on a strong show­ing on the Sun­shine Coast in Au­gust.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d481829

Tal­ented young Melville walker Xavier Bernard.

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