David Sheridan bursts out of the blocks in preparation for the upcoming All Schools National Championships in Melbourne.
David Sheridan bursts out of the blocks in preparation for the upcoming All Schools National Championships in Melbourne. Rob Wright

Off and running

BE it on the track or on the football field, David Sheridan is greased lightning.

The 14-year-old has been burning up the track of late and his jet-propelled feet are taking him all the way to next month’s All Schools National Championships in Melbourne.

This is the second straight year the Orara High student has reached the nationals and he can’t wait to give it another go against the best young athletes from across the country.

“I’ve been running in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres and hopefully I can get into the state relay team,” Sheridan said.

The natural-born sprinter collected a bronze medal at Homebush during the Combined High Schools State Championships to give him the confidence a strong result in Melbourne is a possibility.

With a personal best time of 11.74 seconds for 100m and 23.70 seconds for 200m, there is no doubt a good result is on the cards.

Surprisingly, though, with times like these, Sheridan said athletics was only his second love.

It is on the rugby league field he feels truly at home.

The speedster played for the Coffs Harbour under-15s this year and his ability to create tries from anywhere with his pace has aroused the interest of NRL talent scouts.

Sheridan is also setting himself for trials with South Sydney’s Matthews Cup team.

“I’ve always been committed to football,” he said.

Another thing the talented youngster admitted is the amount of travel to chase his dreams in football and athletics is a costly exercise.

For this reason he is seeking some financial sponsorship to help him in his endeavours to reach his goals.

“To win a medal at nationals would be great,” he said.

“To get picked for Souths would be just as good.”



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