Eric Sibomana will be hoping to take the form which took him to first place in the regional cross country when he takes part in
Eric Sibomana will be hoping to take the form which took him to first place in the regional cross country when he takes part in

Eric going for gold



UNTIL 17 year-old Eric Sibomana moved to Australia six months ago, he didn't do much running at all.

Most of the running that he did in his native Tanzania was for school sports and soccer.

Now the Coffs Harbour High student is amazed that he's going to Eastern Creek on Friday as the North Coast regional champion in the 17 years boys category.

Winning by a comfortable margin, Sibomana has his eyes set firmly on a strong performance at the state titles if his training is anything to go by.

"In the morning I go for a run and I do about 12km a day," he said.

"It's very cold in the mornings but when you're training you sweat so it's not cold anymore, only on your hands."

Sibomana's English has improved remarkably considering six months ago he barely knew a word as he left his war torn homeland.

At the moment he's studying in year nine but with a lot of cheek admits that the subject he enjoys the most is French as he spoke that at home.

If you add the huge result in the North Coast regionals to the hard work he's been putting in at training, perhaps it's time that Sibomana learnt the meaning of the term 'eat my dust'.



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