Tweed teen blitzes 100m national dash
TWEED Seagulls Little Athletics Club runner Tynan Neveceral is officially the fastest 100m sprinter in the under-14 age-group after he took out the national title in Perth last weekend with a personal best.
Tynan, who at just 12 years old is one of the youngest competitors in his age group, smashed through the 12-second barrier to record a win at the Australian Junior Championship with a PB of 11.94 seconds. The win catapulted the Year 7 Palm Beach- Currumbin High School student to the top of the podium.
Days later, Tynan was still finding it hard to believe he had broken the 12 second barrier, a rarity for such a young sprinter.
“At the start it was pretty nerve-wracking,” he said.
“I started off and we were all at the same pace. I thought I was falling behind... so when I got to the 50m mark I started pushing out and then I looked at the clock and it said 10 seconds.
“I finished the race and then looked back at the clock and it said 11 seconds and I was just going crazy, I was really happy. I still can’t believe I ran 11 seconds... but I still have other races to run so I can’t keep thinking about it.”
Tynan also achieved a silver medal in the under-14 200m while once again setting a new PB of 24:85 seconds, smashing through the 25-second barrier.
Tynan, who looks to elder brother Kytelan, also a sprinter, for inspiration, said he was now aiming to run the 100m in the mid-11- second range. He may get a chance as early as this weekend when he competes in the Little A titles.
Mother Shenny Neveceral said she was proud of both of her sons’ achievements.
“I am very proud, but I see a lot of discipline in both of the boys,” she said.
“It doesn’t come easy. It is a lot of hard work and a lot of discipline but they do get success out of it. I am proud of them because they do put so much in.”
Mrs Neveceral said her boys stayed off junk food and were very conscious of their diets.
“They train every day, getting up at 5am to do training at school early, so it is not easy,” she said.
“But I don’t hear them complain once.”
Mrs Neveceral said the commitment was a big one for the family.
“I was just thinking this morning we don’t have a social life, our life is running around after the boys,” she said.
“But it is only for a season and you just do that.”
Tynan will compete in the final Little A’s Queensland titles this weekend.
Both he and his brother are the current record holders in their age groups in 100m at Seagulls.