Young sprinter set to dash out of blocks
SETH Gould can run 100m in 11.87 seconds even when he isn't confident with his start.
Now the 13-year-old is setting his sights on how fast he can be when he settles into a set of blocks.
Having trained with blocks for only five months, the Gladstone runner has been presented with an opportunity to properly learn the art, and then a chance to retest his personal best.
Gould will be in Adelaide from December 5 to 7 for the Australian All Schools Championships after qualifying at the Queensland level, and this weekend gets the opportunity to spend time with Queensland coaches to enhance his ability.
"I feel only kind of confident using blocks," he said.
"This weekend will give me a lot more confidence. One of the Queensland coaches is going to train me. I have not had any training with them before.
"I believe he will give me some great help which will improve my starts."
Then it is a matter of using his pace to finish, something Gould works on constantly with his mum Stacey as coach.
Not having the support network that many of his opponents will have, the Gladstone sprinter is using that to fuel his desire.
"I feel really proud of myself, considering Gladstone is not a big place like the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane," Gould said.
"It is great to see someone from a small town doing it."
But the small-town background hurts Gould as well, meaning a lot more travel to big events and for training with the Queensland team.
Another trip to Sydney in March for the Australian Junior Athletics Championships is scheduled.
The constant driving, flying and running has made the 13-year-old start to look for some extra help.
"We are looking for a sponsorship," he said.
Gould finished third in Queensland with his 11.87-second run, making the Queensland Heat team to run in the 100m and 4x100m relay in Adelaide.