Ath­lete achieves goal

South Western Times - - Sport -

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.”

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