Secondary boys winner has sights set on marathon
TOM Smith took out first place in the secondary boys 8km category at the Botanic to Bridge with a time of 30 minutes and 23 seconds, coming ninth overall.
The 15-year-old was born and bred in Gladstone and was happy to take out a win for the town.
"It was a great run - there were lots of competitors out there," he said.
Tom and his dad often go running together to train for upcoming events.
"I've been running since I was 10 - my dad got me into it because he has always been into running too," he said.
"We live on a big acreage so we can train from home and run around the property."
Tom made it all the way to the state championships for cross-country.
"Cross-country was a challenge - I was just happy that I made it that far. But I'm pretty happy with the place I came in the end," he said.
Tom said he would love to get into marathon running or even to compete in a triathalon one day.
"I love the feeling I get when I'm running - I don't know how to describe it but it's pretty cool," he said.
Tom hopes to study sports science when he leaves school.