Allendale East Area School sporting star Max Pitson will compete for South Australia at the School Sport Australia Track and Field Championship in Launceston, Tasmania later this month.
Max, 10, placed first for the 100 metres in his age group at his local school sports day where he also broke the previous high jump record of 1.23 metres with his height of 1.27 metres.
The young gun went on to win the 100m at the Lower South East SAPSASA and then earned silver for the event with a time of 14.53 seconds at the Track and Field SAPSASA Championships Country Day in Adelaide to qualify for Tasmania.
Max was nominated to compete in the School Sport Australia Track and Field Championship by his parents including mother Lynette.
“First and second, you can be nominated to go through to run in nationals and we nominated Max and he got through,” she said.
“Now we’re doing compulsory trainings nearly every weekend in Adelaide.
“He’s currently training two to three nights a week in Mount Gambier after school with Sally Taylor at Mount Gambier High School.
“We’re just hoping that he does learn a lot from Sally which will in turn help him with his personal best, she is amazing, she really is.”
Max said while he wants to just try his best at the School Sport Australian Championship, he hopes to do well and improve his time, incorporating techniques from Ms Taylor.
“I’m a bit nervous, I do not know how I’ll go but hopefully I go good,” he said.
The young gun will join the Mount Gambier District Little Athletics Centre to further his sporting passion as it is his inaugural year pursuing athletics.
The athletics gene runs in his family with Max following in the footsteps of older sister Shylah Fosdike who has experienced success at a national level for her running.
The young runner said his whole family supports his athletic pursuits including his parents and grandparents.