Teen on track to compete for gold
A local all-round athlete will carry the weight of Broome on his shoulders when he heads to the national championships next month, where he has his eyes fixed on gold.
Stephen Carson had a tremendous showing at the WA State Championships recently, leaving with four medals around his neck and invaluable experience under his belt.
The 17-year-old won silver in shotput, and the 400m and 800m events, as well as a bronze for discus.
His spectacular results qualified him for the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney next month, where he will compete under the bright lights of the city’s Olympic Stadium.
Carson said the achievement meant the world to him.
“The feeling to finally get to this level is a dream come true,” he said.
“I have been committed and dedicated for the last three years.
“For me, it shows no matter where you come from, with hard work, goals, commitment and great support, you can reach the stars.”
A majority of the athletes Carson will compete against would have access to world-class facilities and coaches, but his regional disadvantage has never been an excuse.
With no sprint or long distance tracks in town, thongs, flagging tape and cones on the grass outside have done the trick for Carson.
“Luckily my parents have set up our shed as a gym so I can train weight every day,” he said.
“Track training is a lot harder because I have no measurements to go by and it is very difficult to practice staying in lanes when there aren’t any. Most athletic competitions are during our wet season so training can be a bit intense because of the weather.”
Sponsored by Oilfield Transport Services, Carson has flown to Perth a number of times to train with coach Sam Newton.
Broome Sports Association president Mike Doyle congratulated Carson on his achievements.
“Stephen’s fantastic success at the State titles is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication,” he said.
“He is an inspiration to other athletes and always strives to improve himself. I wish him all the best at the national titles and have no doubt he will do himself and Broome proud.”
The national championships will be held for a week in Sydney from March 13.
Stephen Carson has qualified for the Australian Junior Athletics Championships after a tremendous showing in the WA event.