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World awaits for Far North shooting star
CAIRNS’ Joshua Lush is about to chase his athletics dream around the world.
The 16-year-old, who hero worships champion athlete Usain Bolt, takes his talents to Canberra and Sydney in the near future with Bangkok and Switzerland down the line.
The promising runner and triple jumper has an intellectual disability and a severe curvature of the spine which classifies him as a T & F 20 Para athlete (athletes with an intellectual disability) as well as having a wide range of developmental delays, disorders and deformities.
Although he has needed to jump through a number of hoops to compete, this has not slowed Lush’s development.
He was selected to represent Australia at the World IPC Grand Prix to be held in Bangkok in May, which will be the start of his international journey, with an eye on qualifying for the world junior championships in Switzerland.
“It is amazing to wear an Australia shirt and be going over to compete in Bangkok,” Lush said.
“This will be my first real international event and I will be up against people 10 or 15 years older than me.”
Lush’s coach, Kathy Bortolanza, believes he has a bright future.
“Joshua is a motivated, talented athlete and he has the potential to achieve internationally,” Bortolanza said.
“Joshua trains six days a week, sometimes twice a day.
“The intense training does not bother him though.
“He has a very strong mind and is determined to achieve his goal.
“He will do whatever it takes.
“Joshua has broken the world triple jump record as an under-20 athlete, which is yet to be verified officially.”
— holds numerous Australian and Queensland State records for a number of events such as Triple Jump, 100m, 200m, Long Jump, Shot Put and Discus.
— has won numerous State and National Championships
— won the Australia Day award for Junior Sports Person plus, the North QLD sports award