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Junior Sports Hotshot - Winner February 2017
Eagle Vale middle-distance runner Jordan Doris is about to represent Australia at the Junior Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas, competing against other 17-year-olds from Canada to Kenya.
So, how good is he?
Well, the HSC student from Mount Carmel Catholic College student is just half a second away from qualifying for 800m in the actual Commonwealth Games, to be held in Brisbane next year.
Jordan has been named as Campbelltown Catholic Club’s latest Junior Sports Hotshot winner and rewarded with $500.
“Thank you Catholic Club,” Jordan said. “This will help mum and dad to come across to the Bahamas to support me.”
Sporting talent runs in the family – his twin sister, Emily, is a champion swimmer.
Jordan, since he was six, has been competing in athletics for Eschol Park and now Camden Athletics Club. In 2016, he won a gold medal in the Australian Junior Championships for the 800m for the fourth consecutive year in a row. He also took out silver in the 400m.
Jordan competed at the Australian All Schools Championships in December 2016 and won bronze in the U18 400m in a time of 47:86 and bronze in the U18 800m in 1:50:70. This put him into the Youth Commonwealth Games, held in July.
“Jordan was competing against athletes older then him to achieve these results,” his proud dad, Tom, said. “Jordan set a goal to achieve the qualification time for this event and managed to do it very early on in the season.”
Jordan’s ultimate sporting goal is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He trains twice a week with his coach at Homebush, as well as other sessions locally. He has twice met his idol – David Lekuta Rudisha, the Kenyan 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion and world record holder in the 800m, the first person to ever run under 1:41.
As Jordan hopes to run in his footsteps, we’ll be cheering him on.
The Club’s Sports Hot Shot award encourages young sportspeople to share their story online for the chance to win cash every month.
It’s simple for any talented young local sportspeople to enter. Visit www.kingofclubs.com.au and click on the ‘Sports Hot. Share your sporting story in 250 words (or less) about your junior ‘Sports Hot Shot’. Every month the Club will Award $500 for the best entry.
Stories don’t just have to be around sporting achievement. It could be about participation, overcoming personal adversity or you may have had your own ‘Steven Bradbury’ moment where you had an unexpected win against all the odds.
Entrants must live in Macarthur and the nominating parent must be a member of Campbelltown Catholic Club.
Sports Hot Shot must be 21 years of age or younger. Management’s decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. If you’re not already a member and want to take part in this program, you can join Campbelltown Catholic Club membership for as little as $8 per year.
Article and photography by Jeff McGill