Sec­ond-time re­cruit now a triath­lete

South Western Times - - Sport -

IT is not easy get­ting into the South West Academy of Sport, with spots in pro­grams lim­ited and the high-per­for­mance or­gan­i­sa­tion only in­duct­ing the re­gion’s most promis­ing teenage tal­ent.

But ex­cit­ing young sports­man Zeke Tin­ley has turned heads by man­ag­ing to achieve the feat on more than one oc­ca­sion – and for dif­fer­ent sports.

The tal­ented teenager re­cently earned a cov­eted spot in the South West Academy of Sport’s in­di­vid­ual ath­lete sup­port pro­gram, af­ter show­ing po­ten­tial in the multi-dis­ci­pline sport of triathlon.

His ac­com­plish­ment was made all the more re­mark­able by the fact he had orig­i­nally been a star hockey player for the academy, rep­re­sent­ing the State on the na­tional stage in un­der-15 and un­der-16 teams.

The 17-year-old Leschenault res­i­dent, who at­tends Bun­bury Se­nior High School, puts his suc­cess in the sport­ing arena down to ded­i­ca­tion, mo­ti­va­tion and a de­sire to give it his all.

“If I’m go­ing to do some­thing, I want to be the best I can be at it,” he said.

The young gun is achiev­ing ad­mirable re­sults in triathlon. Ear­lier this month he earned sec­ond place in the 16 to 19 age cat­e­gory and ninth over­all of the City of Ar­madale Duathlon, held at the Cham­pion Lakes Re­gatta Cen­tre.

The na­tional and State cham­pi­onship event, which had a run-bike-run for­mat and at­tracted more than 700 com­peti­tors, is on the Triathlon Aus­tralia Na­tional Cal­en­dar.

Other re­cent achieve­ments in­clude win­ning the Bun­bury duathlon win­ter sea­son, and fin­ish­ing in 20th po­si­tion at the Aus­tralian Schools Triathlon Fes­ti­val in Pen­rith in April.

SWAS re­cruit Zeke Tin­ley can mix it with the best ju­nior ath­letes in Aus­tralia, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in his age group at the na­tional City of Ar­madale Duathlon ear­lier this month.

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