Chai strikes gold in Canada
IT'S a fair assessment to say that Chai Romruen had a great time when he travelled to Canada in the July school holidays to compete in two major athletics meets.
He not only came away with two gold medals in the triple jump, but he also broke a Canadian record.
Chai was one of 34 athletes in the Australian Travel Options team which was made up of high school students aged between 13 to 18 years from across NSW, Queensland and Victoria.
The team competed in the Jack Brow Memorial meet in Kelowna and the Junior Provincial Championships in Vancouver.
Chai, a Year 11 student, has left his name behind after breaking a Canadian record for Triple Jump in Kelowna with a jump of 13.07m, still a good distance short of his personal best jump of 14.02m.
Chai made new friends from Canada, America, England and Ghana and formed a close bond with the rest of the Australian team.
After the hard work of training and competing was over, Romruen and the rest of the team were able to spend time sightseeing visiting attractions like Whistler Mountain, the Golden Gate Bridge, Universal Studios, Hollywood, Disneyland and Las Vegas.
"I had a fantastic trip and it's one I will always remember," Chai said.
Chai and his family would like to thank all the community members who supported them in their fundraising efforts to get him to Canada.
"This opportunity has given Chai the enthusiasm and inspiration to continue on the path to his Olympic dream," his mother, Sam Hansen, said.
The next challenge for the Macksville athlete will be the CHS state championships which start in Sydney today.
Chai is again expected to perform strongly.
Last year in the triple jump, Chai was the gold medallist in the CHS Championships and a silver medallist at the All Schools Championships.