Nambucca Heads flyer shines at PSSA championships

NAMBUCCA flyer Daniel Williams has added another chapter to his already impressive highlight reel, claiming the silver medal in the 2km 10 years boys race at the NSW Primary Schools Sport Association (PSSA) championships at Eastern Creek, Sydney.

In a sprint to the finish line, the distance between him and the winner so small that they recorded the same time (7 min 17 seconds).

Daniel was thrilled to claim the silver medal after finishing sixth in the same event last year and this year running nearly a minute faster over the same distance.

Daniel has now qualified for the National Schools cross country championships in Hobart from August 11-14, where he will represent NSW along with four other 10 year old boys.

The youngster will compete in an individual event on August 12 and a teams event on August 14.

Daniel is looking forward to competing with team mates from NSW and proud to have the  experience of competing at a national level.

It was a huge week for the nine-year-old, as only two days before his race at Eastern Creek he broke a 32-year-old school record for the 800m while competing at Nambucca Heads Public School's athletics carnival.

The record had been set in 1985 and Daniel had been aiming to break the mark for the last year after finishing two seconds out last year.

This year, in extremely windy conditions that had him doubt he could achieve his goal, he ran three seconds under the record to stamp his name in the history books. 

Daniel has been  training all year – twice a week he runs with Team Temesi in Toormina under the guidance of coach Adam Temesi who was overseas when Daniel raced in the state championships but was elated with his youngest runner’s result. Daniel also trains locally with friends from Nambucca Heads Public and Nambucca Heads High School once a week. He competes weekly in the Mid North Coast cross country series as he has done since he was four years old.