Matt Strike in full flight
Matt Strike in full flight

Allround brilliance

IT'S technically possible to have a better year than Matt Strike did in 2006 ? but it's hard to imagine anyone doing it in a hurry.

Strike, 14, was this week named Chanel College athlete of the year and sportsman of the year at a ceremony on the school grounds on Monday, having enjoyed the type of success most competitors can only dream about.

The allrounder excelled on land and in the water in 2006, his talents taking him to top of the pile at state level in three sports.

Strike's achievements for 2006 include a gold medal at the Queensland triathlon championships before going on to secure a sixth placing at the national titles.

He also struck gold in state cross country competition for the second successive year ? a sport which also brought him school, Port Curtis and Capricornia age championships.

Athletics also proved a lucrative area for Strike who won a state bronze medal in the 1500m after having shone at Port Curtis and Capricornia level, winning just about everything on offer.

At the Port Curtis interschool carnival, Strike won the 400m, 800m, 1500m and the 3000m events, securing an age championship in the process. He backed up to win the 800m, 1500m and 3000m events at the Capricornia trials.

In addition to his bronze medal, the state titles also brought him a 10th placing in the 800m and fifth over 3000m. Naturally, he cleaned up at school level, claiming Chanel's age championship after winning the 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m events and finishing second in the 100m.

In the pool, Strike was Chanel age champion, Port Curtis age champion runner-up and then selected in the Capricornia team for the 50m and 100m freestyle and breaststroke events.

Despite all that, Strike still found time to represent Chanel in rugby league, touch and surf life saving.

Typically, he wasn't available for an interview yesterday, having headed straight to the pool for more training after school.



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