Alec rel­ish­ing pres­sure of be­ing best

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

THERE are few young sports­peo­ple who can say they are the best in the coun­try at what they do, but Alec Dav­i­son can.

Al­ready this year, the 15-yearold mem­ber of East Vic­to­ria Park’s Eclipse Per­for­mance Cen­tre has com­peted at the School Sport Aus­tralia Triathlon Cham­pi­onships and the Aus­tralian Cross Triathlon Cham­pi­onships, two na­tional com­pe­ti­tions where he was up against the best ath­letes in the coun­try in his age group.

Rather than daunt him, the added pres­sure stirred him on and Alec brought home two gold medals.

They are just the lat­est in a long list of ac­co­lades that in­cludes a third-place fin­ish at the Na­tional Triathlon Se­ries Youth Cham­pi­onships, win­ning WA Triath­lete of the Year for his age group for the past three years and gain­ing se­lec­tion for the Ju­nior Elite Na­tional team to com­pete at the World Cham­pi­onships in Canada this Au­gust.

Alec said he was look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing his strong start to 2017 when he steps up to the next level.

“It’s a nice feel­ing know­ing that you’re the best U17 ath­lete in Aus­tralia on a given day,” he said.

“(The World Cham­pi­onships) just feels like I’m go­ing to race else­where, but at the same time it’s pretty cool to know that I’ll be com­pet­ing against the best ju­nior cross triath­letes from all over the world.”

Nom­i­nated for the Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s Lo­cal Sports Star awards, Alec trains as much as 12 times a week while jug­gling school­work and men­tor­ing his younger sis­ter in the sport.

He said tak­ing up triathlon was one of the best de­ci­sions in his life.

“Triathlon has so many love­able things about it, but the level of ca­ma­raderie is one thing not many peo­ple ex­pect to feel, just be­cause it’s an in­di­vid­ual sport.

“It doesn’t mat­ter whether you came first or last or didn’t race at all, you’re still part of the Tri fam­ily.

“One other thing I love is the train­ing and how vari­able it is – you could be rid­ing 110km in the hills one day and do­ing sprints out of the wa­ter the next.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d468646

Alec Dav­i­son is the best triath­lete in the coun­try in his age group.

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