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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 13th 2009
48 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 14, 2009 MB Inner-West Weekly Sport A natural in the pool SHIREEN KHALIL BE IN THE RUNNING TWO AWARDS: Our Junior Sports Star of the Year will receive a medal and $1000, and the Young Achiever will receive a medal and $500, sponsored by Rebel Sports and Wests Ashfield ELIGIBILITY: Sportspeople aged between 10 and 16 at the time of nomination who live in the local area TO ENTER: Fill in the nomination form in our sports section or go to www.innerwestweekly.com.au Jack Fang is a Junior Sports Star nominee. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP275003 TO call Jack Fang an achiever is an understatement. This 16-year-old Strathfield resi- dent came to Australia from China on a study program only six months ago, not knowing a word of English. While studying hard to learn the language Jack has also been in- volved in swimming tournaments where his guardians were quick to realise his swimming talent. At only nine years of age, he was sent to a sports boarding school in China, where he was involved in some strenuous training, includ- ing 10km runs, gym activities and four-hour swimming coaching. Since arriving in Australia the gifted swimmer hasn't had any training but still managed to wipe out some of the best junior swim- mers in the state. In February this year Jack swam in the 1km Cole Classic competition at Manly beach and shocked his guardians when he came 14th out of 1600 competitors with a time of 17min, 9sec. ''Considering he has never swum in an ocean race, this was a exceptional result,'' guardian Stephanie Doyle said. Only recently Jack started to train with coach Steve Garna who believes Jack has the potential to make the national grades. ''He is a very nice man and cares about me and my future and always teaches me new things which is different to China,'' Jack said. ''I think China training is traditional. It's very hard to train there because it's very long hours and when we were young we started to go to the gym, but my coach here told me I won't be training at a gym until I'm 18.'' ToPage46 JUNIOR SPORTS STAR 2009 CUMBERLAND COURIER MAJOR SPONSOR F n sti f , rea a ue ght n e a nt 2008 True Local Business Awards WINNER -- Café/ Coffee Shop DRUMMOYNE SAILING CLUB 2 St Georges Crescent, Drummoyne Ph: 9181 1870 • 10 - 12 Specials per day • Open 7 days Lunch and Dinner from 12pm 2217911k wk46 WINNER
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