Tyagarah hurdler Adam Szlezak has been selected to compete at the Junior Commonwealth Games at Bendigo next month.
The selection caps off a marvellous year for the athlete, a Mullumbimby High School student currently sitting for his HSC exams and looking forward to taking up his scholarship at Griffith University next year when he will study bio-medical science and continue preparation for the next Olympics.
Competition through the year has secured his position amongst the top ten in the world (around 4th or 5th he thinks), number one in Australia in the Under 20s 110 metre event, with the Under 18 state Championship in NSW, Under 20 state title in Queensland and at the recent combined high schools meet in Sydney, a record in the Under 18.
His mother and chauffeur Wendy, said he had consistently achieved personal best times throughout the year and was now a whisker away from the Olympic record.
At Bendigo he will compete in the 110 metre hurdles and the Australian junior relay team. At 17 he is contesting the Under 20s event. The event, held over five days from November 29 to December 4 involves athletes from 28 Commonwealth countries in ten sports. And after all that?
Beijing, here he comes.
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