HE’S only just left the blocks in pursuit of an athletics career, but already he’s the fastest 11-year-old in Australia.
Ashby’s Ky Landers ran Australia’s quickest under-12 100m sprint earlier in the year, having taken up athletics just three years ago.
His coach Paul Graham said he had enough all-round talent to become a decathlete.
“He’s very good at everything he does, I wouldn’t want to pigeon hole him into 100m or 200m,” Graham said.
Graham, a 30-year athletics coach, claimed decathletes only came along “once in a blue moon”.
“Very rare. Australia’s probably got three who are at a high level,” he said.
“What tends to happen is the football codes pick them up early.”
While Landers played plenty of team sport, it was athletics that captured his dedication, with his preferred events being the 100m and 200m.
Like most young athletes, his dream is to one-day represent Australia.
“It’s fun because I get to meet new people and we always do different events,” he said.
“I also like to compete against myself to see how many records I can break and personal bests.”
Graham had only coached Landers for two years before he ran his 13.4sec sprint at the WA Junior Championships in March.
He labelled his quick rise to prominence as extraordinary, saying he was of the best juniors he had ever taught.
He said Landers’ attitude promised a bright future in track and field.
“What tends to happen a lot is parents push their kids too hard, but his parents have been very supportive,” Graham said.
“He listens and that’s the main thing. Lots of kids just don’t get it.”