Downlands College Year 8 student Carter Blades was born to run. Since being encouraged to compete in the 400m last year, Carter’s success at a regional, state and national level has been extraordinary, with the talented athlete winning a gold medal and breaking a 20-year record in the event at the recent Queensland School Sport 13 to 19 Years State Championships.
Passion, commitment and hard work saw Carter qualify for the Queensland team at the Queensland Athletics Shield Series in Brisbane last November. He won a silver medal in the 400m at the Queensland Athletics Junior Championships in February and a bronze medal in the 400m at the Australian Junior Championships in March.
At the Downlands Athletics Carnival in August, Carter broke a 37-year old record in the U13 400m while winning the treble in the U13 division 100m, 200m and 400m. He then competed at the Darling Downs School Sport Championships, winning both the 200m and 400m and qualifying for the Darling Downs team and the State Championships where he finished fifth in the 200m final and won the 400m.
Having joined the College as a Year 7 student, Carter also enjoys playing rugby and touch football for Downlands and was selected in the U13 Darling Downs Rugby team.
Carter hopes to one day represent Australia on the track. Given his commitment Carter will no doubt succeed in whatever goals he sets for himself.