SIX months ago Sebastian Acosta-Vazquez broke his ankle at a major athletics competition.
He suffered the injury in a state Little Athletics competition at Sydney Olympic Park.
That day Sebastian jumped a personal best 6.97 metres to win gold in the long jump.
After he landed in the long jump sandpit, Sebastian said he felt pain and a first aid officer treated him and told him his ankle was broken.
The Fairfield High School year 11 student was on crutches and out of action for a few months.
"I never lost my confidence," Sebastian said.
"I did my rehabilitation and physiotherapy and I got back into training and always thought I would get back competing."
The 16-year-old Mounties Athletics Club track overcame the setback and is back stronger than ever.
At the recent NSW Combined High Schools Sports Association titles at Sydney Olympic Park he represented Sydney Southwest and won five medals from six events.
Sebastian won gold in the long jump, leaping 6.53 metres; silver in the 100m, in 11.25 seconds, a silver in the high jump, leaping 1.96 metres; silver in the triple jump, leaping 13.10 metres, and bronze in the 200 metres sprint, in 23.03 seconds. He was fifth in the 60 metres hurdles, in 16.40 seconds.
Mounties Athletics Club public relations officer Darlene Burkhardt said Sebastian had once again performed well.
"Sebastian also had the highest individual male point score with 38.50 points," Burkhardt said.
Sebastian has two coaches.
"Barbara Day is my long jump and high jump coach and Greg Day is my sprint coach," he said.
This weekend t is competing in the NSW All Schools Championships at Sydney Olympic Park.
Sebastian said Mounties Athletics Club is contributing to travel and training expenses.