An unstoppable force

Lachlan Robertson has overcome setbacks to excel in many sports. Picture: Bruce Huntd408515
Lachlan Robertson has overcome setbacks to excel in many sports. Picture: Bruce Huntd408515

The sports mad Guildford teenager has excelled in rugby, basketball and swimming despite being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just three years old.

Lachlan has been nominated for Community Newspaper Group’s HBF Junior Sports Hero Award.

His sporting abilities were officially recognised two years ago when he was named junior school swimming champion at Guildford Grammar School

Lachlan’s diabetes was merely a hurdle the day he competed in the 4km Busselton Jetty Swim in 2012 ” in which he needed to take glucose half way through the event ” but he crossed the finish line.

His penchant for adrenalin pumping activities doesn’t stop at sport.

He parasailed in New Zealand this year during the July school holidays.

The self-confessed adrenalin addict is also keen to give skydiving and bungy jumping a go.

‘I want to learn to kite-surf and my cousin Ian is going to teach me this summer,’ he said.

Lachlan also put in a bit of extra training to compete in the 12km City to Surf this year.

‘I did training runs around where I live, and I was training and playing rugby six days a week, so I was fairly fit anyway,’ he said.

Boasting more than brawn, Lachlan also has brains. He is on an academic scholarship, and said his favourite subjects are English and media.

His mother, Shelley, said he was an inspiration to other students.

‘Nothing can stop him,’ she said.

‘He believes that diabetes doesn’t make him different, it just makes him stronger.’

To nominate someone for the HBF Junior Sports Hero Award, go to our website at inmycommunity.com.au.