Donaldson smashes times at first meet of year
BUNDABERG'S Nathan Donaldson is confident more personal best times can keep him on track for this year's IPC junior athletics world championships.
The talented teenager started the year in the right way, impressing at his first meet, the Summer Down Under event in Canberra last weekend.
Competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in the T34 class the 14-year-old smashed five personal bests during the two day meet.
This included beating his 800m mark on Friday by one second before taking another five seconds off in the final on Saturday.
"I had a good competition and it was good to get down there,” he said.
"In training we focused on keeping up fitness and being prepared to race when I got down there.
"It worked well.”
This week will be busy for Donaldson. He competed in another meet last night in Blacktown and races in the Oz 10km event around the streets of Sydney for Australia Day tomorrow.
"I'm a little nervous for the 10k after my fall in a road race last year,” he said.
"I've build up my confidence though in other races so hopefully I will get a good start.”
Donaldson said he hoped the events prepared him to qualify for the junior world championships in Switzerland in August.
"I'm more of a chance to qualify if I lower my times,” he said.
"The aim for me is to knock more time in races before it begins.”
Donaldson's father, Paul, said it was a good start to the year for his son.
"He's competing against senior athletes, so personal bests is great for him,” he said.
"We'd like to thank the Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch for helping him out with costs to compete in these events.”