Orara High School student, Wade O?Malley, has been able to turn his life around through his passion for sport which has include
Orara High School student, Wade O?Malley, has been able to turn his life around through his passion for sport which has include

Wade is set to run race of his life

By GREG WHITE

MEET Wade O'Malley and remember the name.

Wade was once a bit of a tearaway but turned over a new leaf when he moved in with his uncle's family and began concentrating on sport.

He took a shine to running in particular and with just a handful of races under his belt, Wade's not only wowed the crowd with unbelievable times for a novice, but the manner in which he attacks his races.

"When I was younger I tried field athletics like shot put and discus but switched to track when I moved in with Uncle Erin," the 13-year-old revealed.

"I started with 800 metres, moved up to the 1500 and now I'm settling into cross country."

In his first attempt at the metric mile, Wade ran 5:00.3 minutes, a time that in the olden days would have had him pressing for an Olympic final.

"At the end of the first lap a teacher called out to slow down as I was going too fast," he said.

"In the final lap I was going even faster and she wasn't calling out to me anymore.

"All I do is get in front and defy everyone to run me down."

O'Malley took the same front-running tactics into his first cross country start.

He won the school event, placed second at the Zone carnival before stunning onlookers with the manner of his win in the North Coast CHS regional final on the testing hills and dales around Kendall.

"My uncle checked the course and helped plan the race," he said.

"I led from the gun and won by 30 metres."

The time of 11:00.3 seconds had marshals checking stopwatches and finding the run one of the fastest-ever for a schoolboy athlete.

"The second placegetter won the Far North Coast championship last year," uncle Erin O'Malley said proudly.

"Wade runs till he nearly passes out ? till he has nothing left.

"It's amazing how the young bloke's turned his life around since turning his attention to sport."

In the past year the youngster has discovered swimming, the thrill of riding motorbikes and rugby league with Woolgoolga Seahorses.

When asked what position he plays, he replied: "Lock forward, of course.

"Love to tackle my heart out and run as fast as I can with the ball."

O'Malley now switches his focus to the State CHS cross country championships at Eastern Creek tomorrow with another win on his mind but knowing full well what to expect.

"This will be a lot tougher," he said.

"The tactics are to get in front and keep on going.

"I'll give it my best shot."

Nobody expects anything different from Wade O'Malley.



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