Zach’s outstanding efforts
GYMPIE athlete Zach Schultz is determined to compete at the Special Olympics.
Schultz, 13, put himself one step closer to his dream last month when he found success at the State Athletic Championships in Brisbane.
Winning three bronze and a silver medal, the Gympie High 13-year-old said it was a great feeling to get up on the podium.
"I didn't expect to go so well and it was a good feeling to stand on the podium.
"In the 200m I was chasing down the winner but he beat me and I came second."
His mother Bev said she was very proud and that her son was even more ecstatic when he won Gympie High's AWD Sportsperson of the Year award last week.
"He has been in the running for the award for four years now and to finally win it was a big moment for him," she said. "He had a massive smile on his face when he received the trophy and now his name will be put on the sport star shield which is kept at the school."
When asked how he felt about winning the award, Schultz said it was awe-some.
"I didn't know I was getting it, so it was a big surprise," he said.
"They gave me a trophy and also certificates and I was really nervous on stage."
Schultz will continue training and improving his fitness this year ahead of next year's season.
The Gympie youngster said he was determined to win a gold medal.