Zach on track

Zach Schultz has won numerous school and zone awards in athletics.
Zach Schultz has won numerous school and zone awards in athletics. Craig Warhurst

ZACH Schultz has a passion for running, and it's helped him all the way to a place in the state 12-years-and-under cross country championships next month.

The 12-year-old Gympie West State School special education student has been chosen to represent Wide Bay at the championships in Cairns on July 15 and 16.

His mother Bev Schultz said while some athletics events don't suit him - they can be a bore - Zach has a natural flare for running.

"I could watch him run all day," she said at Gympie West's sports day yesterday.

It's his ability to last kilometre after kilometre on the cross country track or sprint down a 100m or 800m track that has scored him numerous school and zone awards.

He says he only thinks one thing then when he's about to race, "go fast".

The young runner has broken school and Gympie records and the opportunity to compete at a state level is his biggest yet.

However, Bev Schultz said travelling from meet to meet was a costly process and while she wanted to see her son achieve to his highest potential, she found herself struggling to cover costs.

"Zach has been chosen for teams every year but I haven't been able to afford to take him," Schultz said.

Zach's mother has been busy fundraising in order to help cover the travel, accommodation, registration and other costs associated with the up-coming trip to Cairns.

She will hold a sausage sizzle at Gympie Melco Mitre 10 on July 1 and has been busy selling raffle tickets to help raise the funds.

Zach's dreams have been given a significant boost along thanks to the generous support of local businesses, including the donation of a $100 fuel voucher from Caltex.

If he did well at the event, he would be enlisted to represent Queensland at the national championships later in the year.

Topics:  cross country running

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