Tynan sprinting towards No.1
PACIFIC Coast Christian College student Tynan Neveceral is lighting up the track on his way to becoming one of the best junior sprinters in the country.
The 11-year-old has qualified for the All School Sport Australia nationals in track and field for 100 and 200 metre sprints, after a strong showing at state finals last month.
His mum Shenny Neveceral said her son had run the best he ever had at the finals.
“He ran really, really well as the kids he was competing against were at a totally different level (to what he has experienced locally),” Mrs Neveceral said.
“There were 40 kids (competing) and he came third (in the 100) and did a PB of 12.52 seconds.”
Neveceral also came third overall in the 200 metres and will compete in both events at the all schools nationals.
Neveceral has continued on with his form and just last week, went to a Queensland Little Athletics meet and smashed a record, leaving fellow competitors in his wake.
“He broke the record for under-12s in the 100 metres,” Mrs Neveceral said.
“The record was 12.89s and he ran 12.69s.”
While Neveceral has tons of natural ability, he’s also showing commitment beyond his years, leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of excellence.
“As an 11-year-old, he is very mature and committed to his training and health and knows what he needs to do,” Mrs Neveceral said.
Neveceral competes in Little Athletics Tweed but the family has enlisted a specialist coach for one-on-one training leading up to nationals.
To fund the coach and to fundraise for Nationals, Neveceral spends afternoons selling chocolate slices, but the family needs to raise $3000 for the trip.
Neveceral is ranked top three for 100m and 200m in the state and top-20 for his age in the country and heads to Nationals in Canberra in early December with a great chance of becoming number one.
“He’s put in a lot of time and effort and I think it will pay off,” Mrs Neveceral said.
The sky’s the limit for the rising athlete, who will receive a NSW state representation award after returning from Nationals.
One of brightest young sporting stars on the Tweed, Neveceral is one to watch for the future.
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