Ashmore enjoys national success

Jake Ashmore has a bright future ahead of him in whatever sport he chooses after returning from the National School Sport Australia 12/under Track and Field Championships with a gold, silver and bronze medal.

GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE: Talented sportsman Jake Ashmore, 12, won three medals at the track and field national titles in Sydney.

GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE: Talented sportsman Jake Ashmore, 12, won three medals at the track and field national titles in Sydney.

Ashmore went to the national titles in Sydney with higher hopes on taking out the 100m, but the 800m proved his best result.

The 12-year-old won a silver medal in the 4x100m relay and bronze in the 100m sprint.

Ashmore trained five times a week in the lead-up to the national titles and his hard work paid off. Under the guidance of Ballarat Grammar athletics coach Peter O’Dwyer, Forest Street Primary school teacher Justin Simpkin and his father, Ashmore was extremely well-prepared for the event and was rapt with his efforts.

"I did better than last year, so it was pretty good. I've done a lot more training (than last year),” Ashmore said.

"I had doubts about the 800, but now I'm feeling a lot more confident.”

Ashmore is now turning his attention to the Ballarat and Stawell gifts next February and April respectively.

Although the emerging runner is not short on sporting options to pursue having won the under-12 Ballarat Football League best and fairest as well as being a state champion in road cycling.