Record-breaking athlete

ABOUT a year ago 11-year-old Joshua Stacey decided to start taking little athletics a bit more seriously.

He started to train three times a week with his dad and really give the sport a go.

Just 12 months on and Josh found himself competing at the Mid North Coast Little Athletics Zone Championships in Taree, admitting that he was "pretty confident" about his chances going in to the meet, particularly in the 800m.

"I started training for the 800m after I'd made it through to State for that event at school," explained Josh. "I was feeling good going into it and I thought maybe I'd be able to break a couple of records so I got dad to stand at different points on the track to tell me how my time was going and if I'd need to hurry up. I really wanted to beat the 400m and 800m records."

Josh was competing in four events, the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m and despite being confident, he surprised himself with his results.

He placed second in the 100m with a time of 13.22s, beating the existing record of 13.40s that had stood since 1990.

"Even though I came second I was still really happy with that one," he said.

Then he achieved his goals for both the 400m and 800m races, blitzing the field and breaking both records that had been standing for 30 and 33 years respectively.

But Josh's confidence in the 200m was slightly lacking.

"He'd gone so well all day and I said 'do you think you'll break this one too?'" Josh's mum Belinda said.

"Even my husband said it was a really good time and he wasn't putting any pressure on Josh, so I just told him to go out there with a positive attitude."

Josh said he was nervous going in to the race but he gave it his all and came out victorious.

"I couldn't believe I broke the record in the 200m," he smiled. "I really didn't think I'd do it, I was so happy."

The 200m record had been set in 2002 and Josh's time of 27.58s took .32s off it.

He ran personal best times all day and admits that his success at that meet has helped to grow his confidence and make him more determined than ever.

Josh is this week's Manning River Times Iguana Sportstar of the Week and has earned himself a $50 gift voucher at Iguana.

He loves to train and has now set his sights on making it to nationals next year for school athletics, while he's aiming on breaking into the 2.20s for the 800m.

And there's no slackening off over Christmas for Josh who'll continue training hard for the Country Championships in Wollongong in January, and the regional little athletics carnival in Lismore in February.

He's also decided to give triathlons a go in 2014.

"Yeah I think they'd be alright, I reckon I could do it," he said.

In the mean time he's getting some tips from the world's most famous athlete - Usain Bolt.

"I'm reading his book at the moment and I'll just keep training hard and trying to get better."

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