New star on track with wins

THREE months ago the only sport Christopher Gerace participated in was soccer.

He plays for Bossley Park Sports in the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association.

Next year the striker will play for Bonnyrigg Eagles under-13s youth league representative team.

Now, the Abbotsbury boy is a state and national title athletics champion.

"I have only competed since September," Christopher, 12, said.

Christopher went along to a Catholic Schools Sports Association trial in September, won a few sprint events, then was selected at the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association titles.

He won gold medals in the 100 metres and 200 metres events qualifying him for the nationals.

Representing the NSW PSSA team, he won gold medals at the School Sports Australia titles in Brisbane, in the 100 metres and 200 metres races, and bronze in the 4 x 100 metres relay team, in the 12 years boys' age group.

In the national 200 metres final, he blitzed the field in sizzling time, 24.55 seconds.

Christopher zipped over the 100 metres final course running a personal best, 12.06 seconds winning again. He is in year 6 and captain at Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School, Bossley Park.

"I feel very proud of my achievements because I had a lot of peer support from my friends and school community," he said.

"The day before I flew to Brisbane the school principal let my mum, Connie, organise a sausage sizzle fund-raiser and the money raised went towards my expenses."

Christopher said he was humbled returning from Brisbane when presented with his medals at a school assembly.

He praised his coach Gavin Beahan.

"I train twice a week at Bankstown Sports Athletics Club with Gavin," he said.

"I enjoy athletics and the training, I have made new friends, it's a great environment for aspiring athletes."

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