KYABRAM young-gun Brayden Hall has been setting the athletics track alight this season and breaking records along the way.
The 14-year-old competes at Kyabram Little Athletics and recently broke four long-standing records while also setting a new one.
Brayden broke a shot put record that was set way back in 2002, a 70m sprint record held since 2000, 400m and 100m records from 2013 and also set the 200m hurdles record as it is a new event.
Brayden’s mother Samantha Hall said the youngster had really hit his straps in the past few seasons.
“He started when he was five years old and has enjoyed it ever since. He was always pretty talented but as he got a bit older and a bit stronger he has done really well,” Mrs Hall said.
Brayden has recently switched his attention to the regional championships in Shepparton for Little Athletics on February 17 and 18 and has one thing on his mind.
“He has been training specifically for that and is hoping to make it on to the State Championships, but we will have to wait and see how he goes.”
On top of Brayden’s impressive feats in Kyabram he has also qualified for the Junior Development Squad (JDS), which is a specialised training squad that meets in Melbourne once a month to hone athletes’ skills and develop their understanding of nutrition and technique.
To qualify for the JDS, an athlete must twice beat a benchmark time or distance set by the state body. Incredibly, Brayden has qualified in five different events.
“The squad is a great opportunity for Brayden; my daughter did it before him and it was really good for her so I am hoping he takes the chance,” Mrs Hall said.
“At the moment he just does his Wednesday night athletics and that’s it so to be able to get some training down in Melbourne will be great for him.”
In the future Samantha is hoping her son continues with his athletics dreams but wants him to continue to play different sports for as long as he can.
“At the moment footy is his first passion, like a lot of young boys, but he still is really enjoying his Little Athletics.”
Brayden will continue training for the regional championships while also attempting to break one more record – he is 0.4 of a second off the 200m benchmark and with a month to go in the Little Athletics season it would be silly to rule him out.