Will makes it his way
WHERE there is a Will there is a way.
And one 11-year-old Buddina boy is proving nothing will get in his way after qualifying for the Australian Cross Country Championships in Canberra from August 20-22.
Will Brown was named in the top five in the state, after stepping through the ranks at the school competition.
No stranger to the event he competed in Melbourne last year where he placed first for Queensland and 17th overall.
This year he hopes to place in the top ten and has been training hard to get across the line in 11
"It's hard to guess what you could do because every track is different,” Will said.
"But I'm expecting this one to be quite flat.
"It would be good to get under 11 minutes, at the state level I got 11.25 but that was in mud - which made it a lot harder to run.”
He said the track would be 3km in distance this time around.
"Last year it was 2km because my age group was ten years old, and my time was 8.17,” he said.
Will trains at the beach, competes with the Kawana Surf Club Nippers, Kawana Park AJFC and trains at the Kawana Aquatic Centre for swimming.
"I train with a coach on a Wednesday and Sunday and I do the park run, which is 5-6km, every Saturday,” he said.
"I like to mix it up.”
Heavily involved in sporting teams, Will has set his sights high with hopes to play in the AFL one day.
Barracking for the Cats, footy has taken a back-seat for Will as he perches in front of the television to watch the spectacle of the Olympics unfold.
"I love watching Usain Bolt in the 100m, and I also like to watch the swimming events too,” Will said.
"I don't do sprint training, I'm more focused on long distance, but now I want to focus on sprinting too.
"I like watching it and wouldn't mind giving it a go.”
No doubt the fitness fanatic will come ahead in leaps and bounds in any track and field event he chooses.
Will's mum Michelle said when he put on his joggers last year for his first competition they had no idea how good he was.
"It was his first year being old enough to compete,” Michelle said.
"They take the top two and then go to the next stage, and we thought, 'wow, he keeps making it through each stage'.”
The entire family will head to Canberra for the competition to cheer on Will.
"It's a great experience,” Michelle said.