HELPING HAND: Joshua Williams (right) shows terrific spirit by helping another competitor to the finish line.
HELPING HAND: Joshua Williams (right) shows terrific spirit by helping another competitor to the finish line. Kylie Giggins

World's fastest kid helps runners reach their goals

JOSHUA Williams is the world's fastest eight-year-old runner over 10km.

This year the Murgon kid has made history smashing two world records.

He set new world records in the 10km run at the age of seven and again after his birthday.

It is a passion to better himself rather than a love for running that drives him to create history.

"I love the feeling of setting a goal and training hard and achieving my goal,” he said.

"I especially love breaking records. It's fun to get a new personal best but it's even more fun when I enter into a big race and record the fastest time ever recorded in the world for my age.”

In addition to his feats over 10km at seven years old, Joshua ran faster than the 5km world record for seven-year-olds in a race but the race was not certified to be able to make a claim for the record.

To be the best in the world Joshua has a busy training schedule.

When preparing for a record-breaking run he is on the Murgon stretch of the South Burnett rail trail every day, testing himself over a variety of distances from very short sprints up to 7km runs and on occasion the race distance of 10km.

"My parents would ride on a bike next to me and help pace me,” he said.

"I enjoyed challenging myself to meet or even beat the goals we set for each training session.”

While his personal achievements have been a focus for Joshua, he has also embraced the opportunity to use his success to help others, acting as an ambassador for running events encouraging and supporting children.

Maria Becis from Run2Give Foundation, for which Joshua has been a race ambassador, said Joshua was a great asset to the running community, inspiring adults and children alike with his results and positive attitude.

"He is very good with the kids and they love looking up to someone their age,” she said.

"He is always running back and forth and he is really good at encouraging them and being there for them.

"He does it so effortlessly and he has so much more potential, he is out there having fun, how a kid should be.”

Running has taken a back seat for Joshua while he decides on his next goal.

During summer his focus switches to working towards his dream of captaining the Australian cricket team.

He has proved himself as a talent with the bat and ball as the youngest member of the South Burnett under-12 cricket team this season.

"Maybe I will keep running competitively as a grown-up but, really, I love cricket even more,” he said.

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