Life in the fast lane

Lachlan Moffat lives life in fifth gear and puts that energy into various sports.Make way on the tracks folks because this youngster is running his way to the top with the high hopes of one day making the national team in the cross country cut-offs.

Year six student of North Haven public school, Lachlan Moffat, 11, is the second person in 50 years to represent his school at a state level.

He made the Mid North Coast team after coming fourth in the under 11’s regional cross country trials at Murwillumbah last term, and this year hopes to beat his last attempt which placed him 35th at the state carnival in 2007.

Lachlan’s passion for sport keeps him motivated and along with his supportive parents, Charlie and Kim Moffat, he will travel to Eastern Creek on Friday to compete in Sydney’s state trials.

Mr Moffat said Lachlan’s natural ability for athletics had played a big part in getting him to the level he is at now.

“He’s just that type of kid that wakes up in fifth gear,” Mr Moffat said.

“He’s already represented his school in athletics, basketball, cricket, soccer, AFL and rugby.

“I’d like to see if he’s got the desire to keep training and even one day make it to the Olympics,” he continued.

Lachlan said he trained mostly by himself and was a member of Camden Haven Little Athletics in Laurieton.

“Sometimes I get nervous but I enjoy running on the tracks the most,” Lachlan smiled.

Mr Moffat said he appreciated the school’s donations, which subsidised some of the sporting costs and further commented on how proud he and Kim were of their son’s achievements.

“His mum gets proud as punch when she sees him cross the finish line.

“It’s great to see such good sportsmanship at that age and level,” he added.

Although Lachlan said he would like to make the nationals team, he admitted that he ran mainly for fun and enjoyed meeting new people.

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