Dedication pays dividends

Cambell Smith (16) has been nominated for HBF Sports Hero. d415007
Cambell Smith (16) has been nominated for HBF Sports Hero. d415007

‘Making a plan for busy days and getting everything I need done, with the priority being my education, is how I find things work best,’ the Hillarys resident said.

‘It takes a lot of focus and determination but that’s what I love the most.’

Cambell, who last weekend came seventh out of more than 1100 people in the Busselton Jetty Swim, has been competing in triathlons for the past three years. The Year 11 St Stephen’s School in Duncraig student recently competed in the 2013-2014 Australian junior triathlon series in Queensland and NSW where he won the B division in Queensland ” a big achievement after he was forced to take two months off training just before because he had glandular fever.

He was also selected to attend the first of four training camps in Queensland last December as part of the Triathlon Excellence Program for elite junior triathletes aged of 16 to 19.

‘My ultimate goal would be to eventually make an Australian team in either the junior, under-23 or elite category for the Olympic distance,’ he said.

Cambell trains six mornings and five afternoons a week, which usually sees him complete a 20km swim, 120km ride and 70km run.

In his spare time, Cambell is also a football boundary umpire and this season will umpire for the WAFL.

He is a member of Denton’s Elite Tri Squad and a Weekender HBF sports hero nominee.