Texas student makes five 2017 Downs teams
ATHLETICS: Texas State School student Braithen Scott will head to his first national competition, the Pacific School Games in Adelaide late next week.
This year, he won the award for best boy at the Darling Downs 10-12 years track and field championships after winning the 100m, 200m, long jump and high jump. He won bronze in the 800m, 1500m and shot put.
He won five gold medals at the regionals last year but was not old enough to compete at state level.
This year, he represented Darling Downs at the state championships and was second overall in the combined event which includes four disciplines, 100m, 800m, shot put and long jump. He placed fifth overall in high jump with a height of 1.36m.
Braithen will compete late next week in Adelaide in the combined event which will be held over three days.
In cross country, he was third in the 10 years age championships in the 2017 state championships in Brisbane.
This year, he played for the MIT Jets under-11 rugby league team in a demonstration game against Wattles on grand final day.
He plays halfback at club level and was hooker for the Darling Downs U11 team which played in the Vic Jensen Cup in Bundaberg. Braithen won a players' player award for the regional team.
He has made five Darling Downs teams this year, the first was in swimming where he won the regional age championship and was 12th in breaststroke at the state titles.
His latest Darling Downs selection is in aquathon, a multi event with a 1km run, 200m swim and 1km run. He will compete in the state championships in Hervey Bay in February.
Braithen is a Brisbane Broncos fan and lists Johnathan Thurston from the North Queensland Cowboys as his favourite player.
"My ambition is to play for the Brisbane Broncos,” he said.
The Pacific School Games are on December 3-9 with action in basketball, diving, football, goalball, golf, hockey, netball, softball, touch football, athletics and swimming.
Athletes from the Southern Downs and Border regions are heading to Adelaide, including representatives in athletics, softball and swimming.
The first Pacific School Games were held in Brisbane in 1982 as a lead into the Commonwealth Games. This year's event will be the 10th and teams from 30 overseas countries have attended down the years.
Information on athletes heading to Adelaide and results can be sent to sean.teuma@warwick dailynews.com.au