Success is a Shaw thing

Athlete Luke Shaw with some of his medals.
Athlete Luke Shaw with some of his medals.

The 13-year-old first started developing his running style at Melville Roar Athletics Club in the under 8s division.

Five years on and the Year 8 Kennedy Baptist College student claimed gold in the under 15s 1500m at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney in March.

Shaw said winning first place was his greatest achievement to date.

He also picked up fourth place in the 800m event.

Coached by Lenny Hughes, Shaw already has a long list of achievements.

He has represented the state five times, competing at two national cross-country championships and three national track and field championships.

During the 2014-15 winter and summer athletic season, Shaw also gained sixth place in the Australian All Schools under-14s cross country in Albany.

He also pocketed third place in the 800m and fourth place in the 1500m in the Australian All Schools under-14s track and field championships held in Adelaide in December, 2014.

Shaw said he was working towards qualifying for World Juniors in cross-country and middle distance running events.

�I enjoy competing in races at local, state and national levels and the friendships I have made,� he said.

Shaw received a $300 City of Canning Young People in Sport and Recreation Grant to attend the championships in Sydney.

People under the age of 25 are eligible to apply for grants from $100 to $500 to attend interstate events if selected by their sport�s governing body.

The City provides grants for arts and culture, community development, sport and recreation and economic development initiatives.