Dominic College student Sam Walker to compete in Commonwealth Games

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Dominic College student Sam Walker to compete in Commonwealth Games

When he competes in the T38 100 metre sprint on Monday night, Tasmania’s Sam Walker will become the youngest male athlete to ever represent Australia at a Commonwealth Games, at an age of just 15 years and 166 days.

A year 10 student at Dominic Catholic College, Sam will have the support of his mother and other family members who are travelling to the Gold Coast to watch him compete.

Sam’s sporting career began at the age of six with junior football. He also played basketball before getting involved in Under 12’s little athletics.

“In Under 14’s I got a coach and he found out I was pretty good at running,” said Sam.

“I actually genuinely like running, I’ve always liked it.”

He has already had significant competitive success, including a bronze medal in the Under 18 T35-38 100 meters at the World Para-Athletics Junior Championships in Switzerland last year.

Sam’s family has been holding fundraisers to enable him to continue to compete at higher levels.

After breaking his wrist playing football last year, he has had to put other sporting interests on hold to concentrate on the Commonwealth Games.

His participation at the Gold Coast will also mean that he misses out on Dominic College’s school athletics carnival, which will be held on Tuesday.

“He’s the captain for his house and the best runner in Grade 10,” said Aaron Davey, Dominic College’s Pastoral Care Coordinator for Years 7-10.

“It’s an amazing opportunity, so a school carnival doesn’t take precedence.”

Sam’s inclusion in the Commonwealth Games team was acknowledged at a recent school assembly.

“We’ll certainly be doing something on Monday night here at the school to be cheering him on,” Mr Davey said.

“We are all behind him.”