Athlete sets state record
VersatileAnthony Schmidt, a talented athlete and a soccer player.
Picture: Wesley Lonergan
By: CHRIS BOULOUS
ANTHONY Schmidt has a rare gift
He is talented in two sports.
Those sports are soccer and athletics.
The Westfields Sports High School year 9 student is a member of the soccer program, under the guidance of the experienced coach Trevor Morgan.
The 14-year-old is one of the rising stars with Liverpool City Little Athletics Centre, which holds
track and field meetings at Dwyer Oval, Warwick Farm.
In soccer, he plays attacking midfielder.
In athletics, he is a versatile track and field competitor as a hurdler, sprinter, middle-distance runner and discus thrower.
"I like and enjoy both soccer and athletics," Anthony said.
At the recently held state multi titles held at Wagga Wagga, the teenager, representing the athletics centre, won gold in the boys' under-14s 800 metres and gold in the 90 metres hurdles.
In doing so, he broke two athletics centre records and set a state record. Anthony's state record was for overall points accumulated in his events.
His discus throw was a staggering 46.93 metres, bettering the previous club record of 41.46 metres.
Anthony's victory in the 800 metres event was in the sizzling time of 2min 21sec, bettering the previous club record of 2min 15.80sec.
The 171 centimetre tall athlete said he was delighted with his form at the state event.
David Bruce is the youngster's athletics coach.
Anthony praised his coach.
"David has taught me a lot with his coaching," Anthony said.
"He's certainly helped improve my results."