HANDY START: Adam Knust, with physio Nathan Smith and personal trainer Kristy-lee Rankin, has started 2015 in stellar style, winning a gold medal with Queensland at the Futsal National Championships.
HANDY START: Adam Knust, with physio Nathan Smith and personal trainer Kristy-lee Rankin, has started 2015 in stellar style, winning a gold medal with Queensland at the Futsal National Championships. Mike Richards

Hard work yields rich reward in gold gong

ADAM Knust never dreamed of 2015 starting so well, returning home from the Futsal National Championships in Sydney with a gold medal.

It is a just reward for Knust after hours upon hours of hard work late in 2014 to return to the field after suffering a broken leg.

The road back to success has been a humbling experience for Knust, who could not thank his trainer Kristy-lee Rankin and physio Nathan Smith enough for helping him back.

"I thank them very much for what they have done for me and I am very proud of what we have done together," he said.

Playing for the Queensland AWD (athletes with disabilities) team, Knust had no expectations going into the tournament. In the end, he scored four goals for Queensland and was in awe of the stadium and atmosphere.

"It was a huge stadium which made me so nervous," he said.

"I cheered the girls team and nearly lost my voice.

"Then I scored two goals in the semi-final. That was great."

When the final eventually finished, it was a strange moment for Knust, unsure if his team had beaten New South Wales.

He could see the time on the board, but not the score.

But ultimately, the team ended up hugging and high-fiving all across the court, something Smith and Rankin believed would happen.

"He is dedicated and focused on what he wants, it doesn't surprise me at all," Smith said.

"I am not surprised either, he definitely worked for it," Rankin added.

Now the gold medal is on the mantelpiece, despite the issue of the broken leg.

Knust is imagining what he can achieve if he can stay healthy.

"My injury is okay now, I am not doing any more damage," Knust said.

Adam's results:

  • Lost to ACT 6-2
  • Drew NSW Lightning 2-2
  • Beat Adelaide 4-2
  • Beat Tasmania 14-0
  • Beat Victoria 10-0
  • Lost to NSW Thunder 2-0
  • Semi-final beat NSW Thunder 3-0
  • Final beat NSW Lightning 3-0


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