Aquathlon gold medal winner Ky Sullivan of Boambee.
Aquathlon gold medal winner Ky Sullivan of Boambee. Bruce Thomas

Determination was Kys catchcry

BEFORE Ky Sullivan took off in the State junior aquathlon final, the eight-year-old predicted to his mum, Debbie, and dad, Greg, why he thought he would take the title.

“I’m going to win this because I believe in myself,” his dad recalled being told, still gob-smacked by his son’s determination.

“He made us so proud to watch him take part and to see the look of determination on his face at the starting line.”

It was a huge weekend at Forster Keys for young Ky who not only took on opponents in the 7-9 years age division but the weather as well.

“On Saturday he competed in a round of the State junior triathlon series and it rained like anything, the winds were up and it was just a terrible day all round,” Greg said.

“Next day was almost perfect and all the kids deserve to be praised for getting out there and having a go.”

The aquathlon, which consisted of a 500m run, 50m swim in the Forster Keys canals and a 500m run to finish, welcomes allcomers to a one-day event with a New South Wales title the prize at the end.

Ky was in fifth position on the return from the first run.

Still in this position, Ky entered the water for the swim leg and used his skills in this discipline to overtake the front-runners and emerge from the canal with a slender lead.

The moment of truth for the Boambee youngster had finally arrived as he turned around to discover a bunch of state-level cross country runners hot on his heels.

“He really had to dig deep in the run as the opposition tried to chase him down,” dad reported.

“I remembered how he said he believed in himself and we were thrilled to watch him hold off the opposing runners and fall across the line for a narrow victory.”

After the win, Ky said the training he has been receiving from Eugene at Sawtell Pool and Andrew Martin and Ian Dellar at Sawtell nippers had helped him achieve the title.

Talented Northern Beaches all-round athlete Tenielle Stubbs also took part on the weekend and was crowned State champion in the 12-13 year girls division.

Greg Sullivan watched Tenielle’s performance and offered the highest praise.

“For somebody so young she has enormous ability and real spirit,” he said.

“Remember Tenielle’s name and watch for her in a few years time because she is one day going to follow in Emma Moffatt’s footsteps.”

Ironically, Moffatt was a winner of this event in the formative part of her career.

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