Hamilton stars at champs
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.