Thrower hits new heights

Young gun aims for Olympic, Com­mon­wealth Games teams

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

JU­NIOR Sports Star nom­i­nee Lu­cas Rose, of the St Clair and Coly­ton Lit­tle Ath­let­ics cen­tre, suc­cess­fully de­fended his state 1kg dis­cus ti­tle at the NSW All Schools Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships this month.

A throw­ing spe­cial­ist, Rose, 13, of Coly­ton, en­tered three events – javelin, dis­cus and shot put.

His win­ning dis­cus throw soared a mas­sive 48.87m.

The teen also se­cured fourth place in both the 13 years boys’ 3kg shot put (14.42m) and 600g javelin (35.27m).

Rose has been ded­i­cated to his ath­let­ics since he was a young­ster. His fa­ther, Matt Rose, said he was con­fi­dent the teen would “take it all the way”.

“He’s done pretty well,” Mr Rose said. “He’s also a mem­ber of the se­nior ath­let­ics club at Ne­pean.

“His as­pi­ra­tions are to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the world cham­pi­onships, the Com­mon­wealth Games and the Olympic Games.”

The Ju­nior Sports Star awards are in their 12th year and have recog­nised cham­pi­ons such as Dani Sa­muels and Jes­sica Fox. The awards has four cat­e­gories: Ju­nior Sports Star, Fox Sports Pulse Team Spirit, Si­monds Homes Young Sport­ing Spirit, Ser­vice to Sport.

Liam Rose com­petes at the NSW All Schools Cham­pi­onships at Sydney Olympic Park. Pic­ture: David Tar­bot­ton

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