Kaena smashes record at National Track and Field Challenge
KAENA Truskett didn't want to try athletics.
He is a rugby league man.
But after winning every event he entered at the Port Curtis trials, his mum Nicki twisted his arm into giving a training session a go.
And now he has two national gold medals and holds a national record.
"I never thought athletics was so fun," Kaena said.
Between November 24 and 27 the 12-year-old competed at the Australian School Sports 12 years and under National Track and Field Challenge in Adelaide and surprised even himself.
In the Athletics with Disabilities category Kaena placed first in shot put, first in discus - setting a new Australian record - third in long jump and third in the 100m relay.
Kaena smashed the national discus record by eight metres with his throw of 30.71m.
His mum couldn't be prouder of his achievements after he was diagnosed with an intellectual disability this year, as well as aspergers.
Nicki said Kaena's first actual lesson was just before the school state championships in Cairns and after learning from coach John Sherrif, now he can't get enough.
- Playing for Gladstone Brothers rugby league is Kaena's passion
- This year he played in the under-12 and under-13 grand final for Brothers, both of which they won
- He scored two tries in the grand finals and a total of 29 for the season
- He was also named man of the match