BEST FOOT FORWARD: Tana Martin, 9, finished second and third in his first two events, the ones he didn’t even like.
BEST FOOT FORWARD: Tana Martin, 9, finished second and third in his first two events, the ones he didn’t even like. Mike Richards GLAATHS

Athlete takes early success in his stride

YOUNG athlete Tana Martin finished second and third in his first two events at the Central Coast Region Little Athletics Pentathlon on Saturday.

Those results were recorded in shot put and hurdles, the two events Tana likes least.

It was not a bad start for the 10-year-old, considering his favourite events, the 800m and 100m races, were still to come.

Tana's impressive start to the pentathlon was remarkable considering rain earlier in the day was expected to limit opportunities.

But Tana made his was to the track with a positive attitude, found out conditions were better than forecast and was soon surpassing all expectations.

"I come third in shot put and get a personal best," he said.

"I think it was by 28cm, my best is now 6.56 metres."

The athletics performance caps a year of bests for Tana, and not just on the track.

He also enjoyed good results in football, playing the round ball game for the CQ Mariners.

"We knew that we won because we won every game this year," he said.

While he has enjoyed a successful season, Tana is not about winning but all about having fun.

Not worried about finishing first in his two pet events, he was simply chasing personal bests. Times he could celebrate along with his birthday yesterday.

"We are just staying home and not doing anything much for it," he said of his 10th birthday.



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