Harvard uni beckons athlete

Harvard uni beckons athlete

The 18-year-old middle distance runner will start a four-year degree at the prestigious American university in late August.

He will also run as part of the Harvard track and field team.

‘I love pushing my body faster and faster and seeing what is possible,’ he said.

‘It’s something you can do anytime and anywhere you like.

‘I run for self satisfaction and to feel a sense of achievement.’

He met a Harvard graduate while competing in major athletics championships in 2010 and that encounter gave him the idea of heading to America for college.

‘I knew that it would not be an easy task securing a spot at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but it was worth a shot,’ Jonas said.

‘And so the long process of emailing the head of track and field at Harvard, sitting five-hour long exams while completing my WACE exams, online questions and essays, and Skype and phone interviews commenced.’

Jonas started Little Athletics at the age of 10 and competed in state and national championships throughout his early high school years.

He ran in the Australian Youth Olympics in Sydney last year.

He attended Aquinas College, strived to receive all As in the classroom and was a member of the cross-country team.

Despite receiving an ATAR of 95.45, Jonas said his college highlight was being named athletics captain and walking away from the high school athletics meet with four wins and two records.

‘My hopes for the future are really quite simple,’ he said.

‘I want to take athletics as far as I possibly can.’