Walker is tak­ing suc­cess in his stride

South Western Times - - Sport -

HE may have en­tered his first race walk­ing event for a bit of fun, but Cooper An­der­ton is now a se­ri­ous con­tender in the sport – and he has the medals to prove it.

In a rel­a­tively short length of time com­pet­ing in the test­ing dis­ci­pline, the teenager has quickly built up an en­vi­able col­lec­tion of gold, sil­ver and bronze medals.

Cooper’s ac­com­plish­ments in­clude snar­ing gold in the 1500m walk, sil­ver in the 800m and bronze in the 400m re­lay at his first in­ter­na­tional ju­nior ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion in Sin­ga­pore last year.

In July this year, he jet­ted to Malaysia to con­test the same com­pe­ti­tion, fur­ther ce­ment­ing his tal­ent by again be­ing the first to power across the fin­ish line in the 1500m walk. He also took home sil­ver for the 400m re­lay.

Ear­lier this month, the Aus­tralind Se­nior High School stu­dent put him­self to the test in an Ath­let­ics WA Cham­pi­onships and was crowned un­der-16 5km State cham­pion.

Cooper also took out the 2km un­der-15 State ti­tle at a Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships and he has recorded the fastest time for that event in Aus­tralia.

Re­cently, the young gun made his­tory by be­com­ing the first race walker to earn a highly-cov­eted spot in the South West Academy of Sport’s in­di­vid­ual ath­lete sup­port pro­gram.

De­spite his suc­cess, the nat­u­ral ath­letic tal­ent says he does not have any spe­cial race plan or tac­tic when he com­petes.

“I just go out and do my best,” he said.

He holds State ti­tles in 1500m, 5km and 2km ju­nior race walk­ing events, and now Cooper An­der­ton has walked him­self into the South West Academy of Sport’s his­tory books by be­com­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s first race walker.

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