Wide Bay rep succeeds in multiple sports
THE South Burnett Times is celebrating the achievements of aspiring athletes in the region.
Throughout November and December we will be featuring the nominees for our junior sportsperson of the year competition.
Meet competition nominee Josh Freeman.
You would be hard pressed to find a sport that Josh Freeman hasn't tried.
For the 13-year-old Kingaroy State High School student his schedule revolves around his sporting commitments.
On Monday night Josh is on the footy field playing alongside his touch football team mates.
On Tuesday he is on the basketball court playing in Kingaroy Basketball Association's weekly competition.
On Wednesday afternoons he is is taking on different track and field events at South Burnett little athletics.
He returns to the basketball court on Thursday and on Friday he is mastering his high jump technique.
While it is a busy schedule Josh wouldn't have it any other way.
"I like to keep fit and active and I don't like sitting inside and playing games,” he said.
"I do it for the enjoyment and to build more friendships.”
This year his sporting achievements include being named school age champion for swimming, cross country and athletics and breaking the 12 years boys high jump record.
He was South Burnett age champion for athletics and was selected in the region's teams for athletics, touch football, AFL and rugby league.
One of Josh's proudest achievements this year was playing at the state championships for AFL, a sport that he had never played before.
He had the opportunity to travel to Cairns to compete at the state athletics championships in high jump and discus.
"I like that sport can take me places that I have never been before,” he said.
Mark Kapernick coaches Josh for high jump and describes him as a keen and polite kid who has found the balance of taking his sport seriously while also having fun.
"He has got a fair bit of potential in a lot of sports,” Kapernick said.
"He hasn't had a lucky break yet but he is still young and has plenty of time left.
"It is a mind thing now one day he will relax and get a big personal best.”
Josh was selected in the Sunshine Coast Pineapples touch football team to play at the State Championships and is hoping to earn selection for the team in 2019.
He has been playing touch since he was eight-years-old and enjoys the pace of the game.
"It is a team sport so you make a lot more friends and I like that it is a quick game,” he said.