Henry Reardon with the five medals he won at the Pacific Schol Games in Adelaide. Contributed
Henry Reardon with the five medals he won at the Pacific Schol Games in Adelaide. Contributed

Warwick junior sports stars set sights on stellar 2016

TWO Warwick junior sports stars are hoping success at the Pacific School Games catapults them into a golden 2016.

Henry Reardon, 12, and Rachel Kraak, 17, returned from the games in Adelaide with a swag of medals.

Rachel played in the Queensland softball side which claimed silver while Henry claimed five swimming medals, including two relay golds.

Now they have set their sights on even more glory next year.

Henry will swim at the national titles in April, another step towards his dream of representing Australia at the 2020 Paralympic Games.

He broke two Queensland records at the Pacific School Games.

Henry said the lessons learned competing at the school games in November, the highest level he has contested, will hold him in good stead at future events

"You're definitely nervous, but you just try and enjoy it," he said.

Despite his successes in Adelaide, the young swimming star has not let it affect his work ethic.

He and his family got back into Warwick late on a Friday night but he was back in the pool training the next morning.

"You've got to train really hard," Henry said.

Rachel Kraak has been chosen to represent the All Australian softball team after claiming silver with the Queensland team at the Pacific School Games. Contributed
Rachel Kraak has been chosen to represent the All Australian softball team after claiming silver with the Queensland team at the Pacific School Games. Contributed

Rachel travels to the United States next year to start a three-year softball scholarship with Florida Institute of Technology.

She hopes competing with and against the best softball players in the world helps her achieve a goal of representing Australia at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Before she travels overseas, Rachel will take part in a softball tournament in Sydney in July with the All Australian team, for which she qualified at the Pacific School Games.

The young athletes credit their success largely to their parents and the support they have provided over the years.



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