Race­walker’s next big step

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian McKee

FOR most of us walk­ing is just a way to get from A to B but for Kyle Bed­ford it is a se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion.

The 15-year-old from Ersk­ine Park is the Aus­tralian un­der-16 race walk­ing cham­pion, and trains up to five times a week.

With a top speed of around 13km per hour, a 5km walk only takes Kyle around 24 min­utes.

Kyle said he was hop­ing to com­pete in the World Youth Cham­pi­onships in Kenya in 2017.

“I am train­ing to qual­ify for the world cham­pi­onships at the mo­ment, this is a 10km event and I am used to 5km so it will be a tough test,” he said.

Kyle was in­tro­duced to the sport af­ter com­pet­ing in lit­tle ath­let­ics when he was just 9.

Hav­ing spent the last seven years ded­i­cat­ing him­self to race walk­ing, Kyle’s fa­ther Dar­ren nom­i­nated him for the Ju­nior Sports Star award.

Newslo­cal’s Ju­nior Sports Star Awards are spon­sored by Rebel and 7 News is the of­fi­cial media part­ner. To nom­i­nate some­one visit ju­nior­sportsstar.com.au or email jss@newslo­cal.com.au. En­tries close Oc­to­ber 23.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

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