CHARLIE Leishman has been making waves in the state athletics scene.
The Lake Bolac College student recently participated in the School Sport Victoria State Athletic Finals in October, placing second in the 400 metre Boys 12-13 years event, with a time of 56.17 seconds.
Leishman also ran 1:06.06 mins in the Mid West Complex Athletics 400m in May, and to qualify for the State Finals ran 59.22 seconds in the Greater Western Region Athletics in September.
Lake Bolac College sport coordinator Roger Flanner called Leishman's performance "phenomenal."
"To decrease his personal best time this year by nearly 10 seconds is a phenomenal achievement and should not be understated," Flanner said.
"I am extremely proud of Charlie as he has completed a combination of running, jumping, resistance and flexibility training over three lunchtimes every week, and completed extra work in physical education classes for the past five months."
Leishman himself said he was "surprised" at his result.
"I was pretty stoked," he said. "I just wasn't expecting it really."
Leishman will attend boarding school in 2020 but his success with Lake Bolac College has encouraged him to pursue athletics professionally.
"I'd like to keep going not as a hobby but more as a sport," he said.
"I always thought that I was just average at it, but when I came second at the state final I was surprised and thought that if I kept going, I could do better in the next couple of years."
To achieve so much in 2019 Leishman said he had to make a few life adjustments.
"I definitely ate more vegetables and stuff, and didn't try to eat as much junk food," he said. "And if I did I'd probably just not have one for the next couple of weeks, and just let it pass. But it wasn't a really big factor."
His nutrition helped fuel Leishman's on field dedication.
"Training was Monday, Tuesday and Thursday every lunch time for about 40 minutes," he said.
"There is a hill at the bottom of the lake outside school, and I'd run up that five or six times, and then do 100 tuck jumps. Rog trains us hard but he knows what he's doing."
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