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

AF­TER hurl­ing a dis­cus almost 50m through the air, St Clair’s Lu­cas Rose was crowned na­tional cham­pion at the Aus­tralian Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships last month.

The 13-year-old won the state ti­tle back in March with a per­sonal best throw of 46.89m, then he in­creased that mighty ef­fort by 2m in April with a throw of 48.98m to clain the na­tional ti­tle.

This week’s Ju­nior Sports Star nom­i­nee, Lu­cas was nom­i­nated by his fa­ther, Matthew Rose, who said his son was ex­tremely ded­i­cated.

“Both his mother and I are very proud of his achieve­ments; he trains hard and en­joys what he is do­ing,” Mr Rose said.

Lu­cas said he started lit­tle ath­let­ics when he was young and just loved it. “I just started from a young age, when I was for or five ... I loved dis­cus and shot put from the start and hap­pened to be nat­u­rally good at it,” he said.

“I love it – I train with the club on Satur­days and I do in­di­vid­ual train­ing on Wed­nes­days and Sun­days.”

As well as dis­cus, Lu­cas also com­petes in shot put events and placed se­cond at the na­tional cham­pi­onships with a throw of 13.74m. How­ever, Lu­cas said he would like to fo­cus on the dis­cus.

“I like dis­cus the most, ul­ti­mately I want to go to the Olympics with it,” he said.

Newslo­cal’s Ju­nior Sports Star awards are spon­sored by Rebel.

To nom­i­nate an out­stand­ing ath­lete, visit ju­nior­sportsstar.com.au. Watch video of Lu­cas at mt­druitt­stan­dard.com.au

Pic­ture: Matthew Sul­li­van

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