BIG JUMP: Marcus Makejev takes a big leap every time he competes in the long jump, with his furthest jump in competition 4.58 metres.
BIG JUMP: Marcus Makejev takes a big leap every time he competes in the long jump, with his furthest jump in competition 4.58 metres. Caitlan Charles

Marcus Makejev striking gold

ATHLETICS: There isn't much 11-year-old Marcus Makejev can't do.

After bringing home gold in the Little Athletics Zone 100m and 200m sprint, 60m hurdles and long jump, the athletics all-rounder has a bright future.

There isn't much Marcus doesn't like about running, staying active with his athletics and playing soccer with his friends on the side.

"I really like the sport, the competition, finding new friends when you compete at different levels,” he said.

"I was pretty proud (with my zone results), I was happy that my friends saw.”

With tons of training behind him, Marcus has a surefire way to help him get across the finish line.

"I just keep on pushing, pump those arms, it's what my Mum and Dad say to me,” he said.

Marcus says doesn't really get distracted by his competitors, and just aims to make it over the line first.

"Mum and Dad got me into to athletics and running around at school with my mates,” he said.

Marcus said his running and jumping skills are all about technique.

"You mainly need to practice; for long jump when you're running down the strip to the sandpit, you just keep up straight, don't look down until your eyes glide on the board and then you jump,” he said.

With the Commonwealth Games around the corner, Marcus is gearing up to watch some of his fellow Clarence Valley athletes compete.

"It's fun to train with them... I learn from them, they teach me a few things and tell me what I've done wrong and what I've done right.”

But right now, he's preparing to head to Tamworth for the regional championships.

"I'm pretty nervous, I'll get used to it though, I'm just practicing. My main focus is just to keep calm.”

Marcus is trained by athletics coach Terry West and participates in Grafton Little Athletics every Friday afternoon at Terry West Athletics Field, Junction Hill.

His dad David said he is very proud of him: "Coming up to regionals he's quietly confident because of the hard work he is putting in.”



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