Myles ahead

TO FINALS: Myles Gibson is off to the National Track and Field Championships in Adelaide.
TO FINALS: Myles Gibson is off to the National Track and Field Championships in Adelaide. Kate Oneill

BYRON Bay Public School student Myles Gibson is heading to the national Track and Field Championships in Adelaide following an impressive performance at the recent state PSSA championships in Sydney.

The 11-year-old qualified for the NSW team after coming third in the 800m, ninth in discus and tenth in long jump.

Myles, who is an AWD competitor (athlete with a disability), has competed at a state level in previous years, as well as at the state cross country championships in July, but this will be his first shot at the nationals.

The Year 4 student is an all-rounder when it comes to sport - he also plays soccer and rugby union.

"It's really good for my body and my health," he said.

The trip to the national is a fantastic opportunity for Myles, but also an expensive one. His family are fundraising to help pay for the trip and are asking for the community's support.

They are selling raffle tickets from Trevor Meads Meats in Jonson St, Byron Bay, and have some great prizes to win including a notebook computer, iPod shuffle and TV. Donations are also welcome.

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