Athlete achieves goal
South West Academy of Sport athlete Noah McAneny’s collection of medals grew after each of his performances on the world and national stages recently.
Firstly, the junior athletics champion made a triumphant debut in the international arena when he blitzed an event in Singapore in July to take home gold.
The South West Academy of Sport athlete flashed across the finish line in first place in the under-15 1500m race at this year’s under 14 and under 15 International Athletics championships in the south east Asian city-state.
“It was my goal to get gold,” he said.
“It was my first time I’ve had a goal and I’ve actually achieved it fully.”
The speedster, who is coached by Paralympian Brad Scott, also picked up silver in 4x400m relay at the same meet.
The 15-year-old Burekup resident’s success continued at the School Sport Australia cross country event held on the Sunshine Coast last month where he bounced back from injury to seal second place in the 5x2km relay.
His efforts also contributed to the WA team winning third overall.
“Leading up to cross country, I’d been kind of injured, so I wasn’t expecting much,” Noah said.
“So, to get two medals was just a bonus.”