LAWRENCE Avison is making a huge leap in the world of track running and athletics.
The Bega Valley Public School Year 6 student won the 100m, 200m and long jump at the South Coast Public School Sporting Association (PSSA) regional carnival recently.
However, in doing so Lawrence broke a record that has stood for 41 years in the long jump.
Coach Kel Jamieson said Lawrence’s jump of 5.54m smashed the previous record held by Mark Lavender since 1972.
“It was on his first jump, it was 5.54 metres, which is huge,” Jamieson said.
“Mark Lavender’s record was the oldest one lying around and that was 5.32 metres.
“Usually a record gets beaten by a centimetre or two, not a whole 22 centimetres,” he said.
Proud mum Melinda Avison said she was delighted with Lawrence’s results and that he was very humble on the day.
“He didn’t make a big deal of it up there,” Melinda said.
“He just moved on to the next race.
“But he couldn’t wait to get home and tell everyone,” she said.
Lawrence said he couldn’t believe that his jump had broken a record, let alone one that has stood for 40 years.
“I was in shock that I broke the record,” Lawrence said.
“I was really excited and happy.”
Lawrence also cleared the 100m sprint in 13.05 seconds and the 200m in 26.73 second.
Lawrence said it wasn’t his best performance, but was enough to win on the day.
“Normally I run in the 12 second range,” Lawrence said.
He now progresses to the NSW All-Schools championships on October 16 and 17.
Lawrence said he was really excited to advance to the championships which will be held at Olympic Park in Homebush, Sydney.
“I’m pretty excited, but I get a bit nervous with the big crowd there,” he said.
Melinda said she is pleased with Lawrence’s improving form.
“From a young age he was pretty good in running races,” Melinda said.
“As he got older he’s just gotten faster and improved so much.”
Melinda said it was last year that she realised with proper training Lawrence could advance and progress to a higher level of racing and athletics.
“He’s just been training after school, he’s a pretty raw talent,” Melinda said.
“Last year we realised he needed proper training.
“He’s been practising with Kel for about three months.”
Lawrence and Jamieson have been training together after school once a week and working on form and technique.
“To advance to the next level he’ll need some practice with starting blocks and that kind of thing so we’ve been doing some work with that,” Jamieson said.
Melinda said the transformation has been huge as Lawrence’s skills on the track continue to improve in leaps and bounds.
“He didn’t know any technique and I don’t think people realise how much technique is required when it comes to running,” she said.
Melinda said Lawrence has real potential to advance to a higher level of competition.
“I think if he puts in the training, he’ll go far,” she said.