Hard works pays off as athlete rises up ranks
MADDISON James wants to be an Olympic sprinter or long jumper.
And if the progress he has shown this year continues, the young athlete has a chance of fulfilling his dream.
The 16-year-old is proof hard work does pay off, steadily reducing his sprinting times and improving his jumping distance.
James puts the improvement down to more than just his desire, saying a newly-constructed long jump pit at his school was a major contributor.
"I started out and I was kind of iffy. We had a dirt pit at the school," he said.
"Since we got this pit I have drastically improved my skill."
The Tannum Sands State High School student is ready to compete at the Queensland Little Athletics Championships starting on Thursday, champing at the bit to get onto the big stage.
James is looking to equal or better his second-place finish at the last state titles.
"I went pretty well. I got second for the 100m and could have progressed to nationals," James said.
"I have been working on going towards nationals. I at least want to reach top five in each of my events; the higher the better."
Running in two events and jumping in the long and triple jumps, James' well rounded skills could see him in the medals.
And if he is able to get a win, he said he would dedicate it to his school.
"I appreciate everything that has been done for the facilities at the school," he said.
"It has changed the way I train. Anyone who wants to try it, come down to Little Athletics. See if you like it."
The Queensland Championships will be held in Brisbane from Thursday to Sunday.