Hamil­ton stars at champs

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S. CAHILL

JACK­SON Hamil­ton has brought home a swag of medals from the 53rd Aus­tralian Ju­nior Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney – his first na­tional com­pe­ti­tion against paraath­letes.

The 11-year-old UWA Lit­tle Ath­letic Club (UWALAC) mem­ber has a ge­netic con­di­tion that has left him with 5 per cent vi­sion, but that did not stop him from win­ning sil­ver medals in the javelin and 1500m and bronze in shot­put and dis­cus.

Jack­son, a Shen­ton Col­lege Year 7 stu­dent, com­peted in the un­der-16 and un­der-20 events and his re­sults broke all four para-Aus­tralian un­der14 records.

Un­for­tu­nately, he was dis­qual­i­fied from the 400m af­ter run­ning on the line.

Jack­son said it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence, even though “I didn’t know what to ex­pect”.

The Daglish stu­dent, who also plays bas­ket­ball for the Perry Lakes Hawks, re­ceived a Va­ri­ety WA schol­ar­ship to help cover travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion costs for na­tional events this year.

His fa­ther Glenn said Jack­son would prob­a­bly com­pete at a few na­tional events this year.

“It’s about be­ing able to com­pete… it’s given him a real boost,” Glenn said.

Jack­son joined UWALAC, where he com­petes against able-bod­ied ath­letes, five years ago and fol­lowed up his na­tional medal haul by win­ning a sil­ver medal and record­ing a per­sonal best dis­tance in the dis­cus at the state cham­pi­onships.

He said the 1500m was his favourite event be­cause he en­joyed run­ning.

“When I go to my next com­pe­ti­tion, I want to bet­ter my per­sonal best and hope­fully get a gold,” Jack­son said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Jack­son Hamil­ton.

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