Gympie sporting all-rounder Hayden Tompkins sizes up the goal before unleashing a kick during a game of Australian rules. From footy to athletics to tennis, Tompkins refuses to be boxed in when it comes to his sport.
Gympie sporting all-rounder Hayden Tompkins sizes up the goal before unleashing a kick during a game of Australian rules. From footy to athletics to tennis, Tompkins refuses to be boxed in when it comes to his sport. Contributed

Tompkins basks in golden year

THERE doesn’t appear to be much Gympie athlete Hayden Tompkins can’t lend his hand to in the sporting arena as he continues to stockpile his achievements this year.

At just 12, Tompkins is modest about his talent. Instead, he lets his success do the talking.

After a brilliant year in 2009, Tompkins is making 2010 a breakthrough year.

In May Tompkins played as ruckman for Wide Bay in a state Australian rules carnival in Cairns.

In the same hectic month for the young star he was also selected in the Wide Bay basketball team at trials in Kingaroy, allowing him to contest the state titles in Toowoomba.

In athletics the versatile athlete broke school records in high jump and won long jump and discus, but opted out of competing at the zone trials due to existing sporting commitments.

Putting the discus aside, Tompkins competed in the Gympie Schoolboy tennis trials and was selected to play for Gympie.

However, in a great show of sportsmanship, Tompkins decided to decline the offer to allow others more passionate about the sport to compete.

Taking a deep breath, Tompkins marched on to gain selection in the Gympie cricket schoolboys’ team to play in the Wide Bay trials.

Making Wide Bay, the cricketer has been nominated as the opening bowler for the state titles in Cairns this November.

Returning to basketball, Tompkins has been identified by the Sunshine Coast Clippers coach and is now playing for the Premier League A team, competing against the likes of Brisbane, Gold Coast and western districts’ teams weekly.

Training twice a week with the Clippers is also a big commitment. The summer break is also shaping up to be eventful with Tompkins as he accepts an invitation to train with the Suncoast Power AFL Summer Program at the Sunshine Coast, beginning in November.

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