Kye is set to fly at the games

SANDY Beach public school is pumping with excitement as classmate Kye Duncan heads to the Pacific School Games, starting Monday.

Back in September, 10-year-old Kye took part in the 100m and 200m events at the New South Wales All Schools track and field championships in Sydney, not thinking he'd be so successful.

But a pair of medals ensured he'd be in Canberra next week in the team for the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

The 18th Pacific School Games will present 30 teams and around 3500 competitors aged from 10-19 years from all States and Territories of Australia, as well as invited nations Canada, Peoples Republic of China, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Tonga, Vietnam, USA and South Africa.

“Being one of the youngest competitors it will be a great experience to be there,” Kye said.

“Our family would like to send a big 'thank you' out to the Sandy Beach public school teachers, all my school friends and their families for getting behind me.

“They raised $554 and sold raffle tickets to help with the cost of the team uniform and levy.”

In return, Kye has promised to do his very best and make the Coffs Coast community proud.

To motivate him on the way to the Games, he attended North Coast School Sports Awards last week in Ballina and received an award for outstanding achievement in athletics.

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