Nathaniel jumps for gold

THIRTEEN-year-old Nathaniel Sulzberger, from Hobart Districts Little Athletics Club, has put in a dominant performance at the Australian Little Athletics Championships (ALAC) to help Tasmania claim two major trophies.

Nathaniel represented Tasmania at this year’s ALAC in Hobart, competing in the high jump, triple jump and shot put events.

He jumped 1.71 metres in the under 13 boys high jump to win gold in a countback ahead of Victoria’s Thomas Sims and South Australia’s Liam Jones.

“It was the last event of the first day and it lasted a freezing two and a half hours,” Nathaniel said.

His performance helped Tasmania win the Dick Healy and Alan Triscott Championship trophies, with the state claiming four gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

Devonport Little Athletics’ Tom Winkel (under 13 boys 800 metres and 1,500 metres) and Burnie’s Chelsea Scolyer (under 13 girls 100 metres) were the other gold medallists.

Nathaniel said he had been competing in athletics for five years, but did not get the opportunity to train in high jump regularly due to the amount of equipment needed.

“I always liked the event and was always pretty good at it,” he said.

“I’ve had a very strong passion for all sports since a young age.”

Nathaniel is also a talented footballer, having represented Tasmania in the under 12 state team in Canberra in 2018, and said he aimed to play AFL in the future.

With more than 280 young athletes competing, Coles Little Athletics chief executive officer Martin Stillman said the ALAC in Hobart was an excellent way to conclude a successful summer season of athletics in Australia.

“It’s fantastic to see young, talented athletes like Nathaniel represent their state on the national stage – clearly the future of athletics in Australia is very bright,” he said.

Tasmanian Coles general manager Mark O’Connor said Coles was sponsoring the event as part of a three-year partnership with Little Athletics Australia.

“We’re passionate about promoting an active and healthy lifestyle from a young age by helping kids to participate in Little Athletics,” he said.

“We want to congratulate Nathaniel for an outstanding achievement.

“To be in the national championships is impressive in itself, let alone win against all his competitors from other states.”

Caption: Nathaniel Sulzberger in action at the recent Australian Little Athletics Championships held in Hobart.

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