ST NORBERT College students MJ Jansen van Rensburg and Lubin Benedict are national athletics champions after winning events at the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney recently.
The boys joined more than 3500 track and field athletes of all ages for the competition, which began on March 26 and finished on April 2.
Competing against 22 of the best young athletes in the country, MJ won the under-18 men’s 2000m steeplechase event, while Lubin took out the under-16 men’s 200m hurdles.
The pair were not the only St Norbert College students to take part in the prestigious competition, with Cooper Jenkins and Jaco Jansen van Rensburg also representing WA in several events.
Queens Park resident Lubin (15), who started competing at Little Athletics in Year 5, said he would one day like to compete in the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.
He said he started focussing on hurdles two years ago and at the recent national athletics champions, he achieved a personal best time in the 200m under-16s hurdle event.
Born in southern India, Lubin moved to Australia with his family aged six.
He trains twice a week with a private coach.
The competition was the largest annual athletics event in Australia and the Oceania-Pacific region.
St Norbert College principal Annette Morey said the school was extremely proud of all the boys’ efforts at the championships.
“It takes years of training and hard work to achieve what these young men have, and we congratulate them for their outstanding efforts.”