Luke primed for big stage

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

TRAIN­ING six days a week, South Perth res­i­dent Luke Bur­rows (15) is in peak phys­i­cal fit­ness ahead of a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The Wes­ley Col­lege Year 10 stu­dent has se­cured a place as the WA rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the 1500m and 3km triathlons at the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to cham­pi­onships, it’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to race up against the best in the coun­try,” he said.

“On the day there’s al­ways a lit­tle bit of nerves, but once I’m off and run­ning that all goes away.”

While he’s been run­ning since he was eight years old, fall­ing in love with cross-coun­try, Luke only took up triathlons in mid 2015.

He trained at Vic­to­ria Park based triathlon club Eclipse Fit­ness un­der coach Stu­art Durham, com­plet­ing up to 18 hours a week.

“There’s en­durance run­ning, skill work, ply­o­met­rics and then rac­ing as well,” Luke said.

“Eight hours a week of my train­ing is run­ning.”

Luke will com­pete in the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships held in Perth this week.

“I think when I fin­ish school I’d like to con­tinue triathlons and en­durance run­ning, maybe one day to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the world youth games,” Luke said.

“I’d also like to go to UWA and study sports sci­ence or law.”

Young ath­lete Luke Bur­rows.

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