Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

Local Junior - Australian Champion Walker at only 14

Friday February 28, 2014

Local Twin Creeks resident Ryan Thomson brings home the gold at the recent

Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in Townsville held on

6 December 2013.

Ryan was part of the NSW Athletics team who travelled to Townsville for the

Australian All Schools Athletics Championships. He competed in the under 14

boys 3 km Race Walk, where he won gold. The event was held under extremely

humid conditions. In a tough race against the nation’s top walkers, Ryan was

triumphant, winning by eight seconds.

“I was just aiming for a medal and tried to get into a good position early.”

Ryan is coached under the watchful eye of Olympian Cheryl Webb. He has only

taken up the sport three years ago and is already beginning to reap the rewards.

He is a member of the local Colyton St Clair Little Athletics Club as well as the

Nepean Senior Athletic Club.

Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP, today presented Ryan with the State

Representative Award Certificate for competing at this event under the NSW

banner.

“I am very proud to recognize that we have a young and dedicated champion

who is growing up in our local community. This is an outstanding achievement

for Ryan, his coach and his family.” Tanya Davies said.

Ryan also won the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships held at

Homebush in October last year. He represented his school, Emmaus Catholic

College which qualified him to compete at the Australian All Schools

Championships in Townsville.