CHAMPION sportsman Seth Norman from High Wycombe is the kind of athlete everyone wants to have in the school team.
The La Salle College student competes in a combination of seven track and field events called a heptathlon.
Not surprisingly, the 15-year-old talent recently won selection to represent Little Athletics WA in their international and national championships later this year.
Seth qualified to compete in the internationals last year and fresh from his first experience overseas hopes to perform well in the July event in Malaysia.
His mum and former coach Nicola said Seth came from a sporting family and she recognised his talent early on in his childhood.
“Seth started with tee-ball when he was five years old and then joined Little Athletics in Forrestfield,” she said.
“As he progressed, we outsourced to another coach.”
Seth said through his primary school years he was not competitive and initially, was surprised to leave his classmates in their tracks.
“I was a lot faster than the other kids then, I didn’t try to win because running fast came naturally but now I’d say I’m a little bit more competitive.”
A heptathlete is required to run short and long distances, hurl a discus, throw a javelin, leap hurdles and jump high and long.
Seth is an impressive hurdler and his ability in high jump recently saw him achieve a personal best of 1.73m.
After school, training up to four days a week typically involves intense and endurance running topped off with four 100m sprints.