ETHAN Earl is a young athlete pushing his way up the track.
The 10-year-old Year 4 student at Tamworth’s St Edward’s Primary School is preparing for the State PSSA Athletic Championships at Sydney’s Olympic Park on October 16/17.
He is doing so with a string of victories and records to his credit in recent months with the shot put.
At his school’s athletics carnival he won his shot put with a record-breaking throw of 9.63m.
He was also runner-up in the Under 10 Boys’ Champion.
Then at the Armidale Diocesan Carnival on August 23 he won his Junior (8-10) Boys’ shot put with a 9.29m throw. He was also runner-up in the Junior 8-10 Boys’ Champion.
From there he competed at the NSW Catholic Primary Schools Polding Athletics Championships at Glendale on September 6.
He won his Junior 8-10 Years Boys’ shot put there as well with a 9.89m throw.
That he is competing so well is a little bit of a surprise as he broke his wrist last year when he had a fall.
However the wrist mended and he’s been throwing as well as ever, improving all the time.
“I train six days a week,” young Ethan said this week.
“But I will now step it up and train seven days a week until the PSSA State Athletics Championships.
“12 months ago I broke my throwing arm so I’ve have had to really put in the hard work to come back and do what I’m doing now.
“I would just like to thank everyone who has helped me and believes in me.”