HIGH HOPES: The Lake Primary School student – and talented high jumper – Sebastian Pollifrone with
some of his recent awards.

By ADAM LUITJES

THE Lake Primary School student Sebastian Pollifrone will be hoping to achieve great heights when he represents Victoria at this year’s School Sport Australia Track and Field Championships in Sydney.

The only Sunraysia student selected for the prestigious tournament, the 12-year-old will compete in the Under 12 high jump event on Sunday.

A regular record-breaker with Mildura and District Little Athletics, Sebastian secured a ticket for Sydney after finishing second at the School Sport Victoria State Championships.

Training regularly with The Lake teacher John Bell, Sebastian is determined to achieve a personal best jump of 1.64cm.

“It’s going to be a big competition, which I think will make it easier for me,” he said. “It’s going to be a big stadium with a lot of people cheering, and all my teammates cheering me on too.”

Competing against the best underage athletes in the country, Sebastian said he’s expecting the competition to be pretty awesome.

On top of his State selection, Sebastian was on Monday awarded the School Sport Victoria Academic and Sporting Achievement award for November.

A talented all-round sportsman, Sebastian – who also excels for Mildura City Soccer Club – said he has high hopes for his athletics career.

“Hopefully I can be in the Olympics when I am older,” he said.

The Lake principal, Rod Pearce, said Sebastian’s State selection was a fantastic achievement.

“We are really proud of Sebastian and he’s done a fantastic job,” Rod said.

“Particularly because a lot of the athletes who have made it this far have had specialised coaching for a long period of time.

“To do it with limited opportunities up here, because we are a little bit isolated, is a fantastic effort.”

One of 247 students at The Lake, Rod said Sebastian deserved the chance to compete on the national stage.

“Sebastian is an all-round athlete, so he excels at soccer and other sports that he tries,” he said. “To get to this stage has involved the local competition here, then the regionals in Swan Hill, then Melbourne and finally Sydney, so it’s fantastic journey.”

To support Sebastian’s efforts in Sydney, the school raised $978.90 through a number of fund-raising activities including a school barbecue, casual dress day and a donation from the junior school council.