In the current political climate it might be nice to read a positive story about good ausralian values.
Adrian Farquhar is a very gifted young athlete who is aiming to compete in the junior Olympics and then on to Olympic glory in the sport of boxing. No Australian has ever won a gold medal in the Olympics at any weight; in fact Australia has only won two silver medals in Olympic history. (In 1908 and 1998). Adrian is a quiet and unassuming young 13 year old to have such high ambitions.
To achieve his goals Adrian trains intensively 6 days a week and puts in extra camp training when school allows. Adrian’s is currently undefeated and hopes to remain so for as long as possible. This year Adrian has to compete twice in every state in Australia and is booked to compete in Ireland in august.
Olympic standard sport has now become science assisted with many tests in endurance strength speed etc. Adrian is in the very top percentage in all. Standing 5 ft 7 inch’s and weighing 40 kilos with a smile, young Adrian has a huge height and reach advantage over his competition.
When asked if he thought boxing was violent he said:Olympic boxing is like fencing ,you have to score points over give away one point toget 3 back.
Not so unlike politics after all.
You can see more about this happy fellow at www.adrianfarquhar.com.