He's off to Canada
HIGH-FLYING Mick Bussell is in dreamland after earning a potential dream overseas sporting trip alongside some of the country's best junior athletics talent.
The Coraki athlete has been selected in the Sports Travel Australia tour to Canada next year.
Mick, 13, will compete in events and visit some of North America's most popular sights after impressing with his multi-discipline skills.
Proud mum Michelle said her son, who specialises in discus, javelin and shot put, was shocked by his call-up.
"He thought it was not real," she said. "He could not believe it.
"It's just determination that has got him there. He has done really well and we are proud of him."
Mick first came to athletics prominence as a Coraki Public School pupil, where he dominated shot put and discus competitions.
He was invited to various state and national titles, where he competed alongside some of Australia's finest junior talents.
Mick, who now attends Evans River K-12 Community School at Evans Head, has also now started developing his javelin talents with Lismore Little Athletic Club.
The Year 7 student will compete in the British Columbia provincial city of Kelowna before travelling to Vancouver for more action.
Several promising athletes have been invited on the 19-day trip.
Mick and his colleagues will also be flown down to Los Angeles to visit Disneyland and other popular attractions.
Former Coraki Public School teacher Gordon Bryant was one of the first to identify Mick's talents.
Bryant, who retired earlier this year, said he was delighted his old charge was going so well.
"I think this is a really positive thing for him," Bryant said.
"Michael was always a strong lad. He is a big strapping kid who may be suited to the decathlon one day.
"I this will be a great test and allow him to show what he can do.
"I hope he does well and enjoys the experience."
The family needs to raise at least $6800 to fund Mick's trip.
They have organised Friday night raffles at the Coraki Hotel and have arrange a social day at Coraki Bowling Club on Saturday, February 23.
Anyone who can help with sponsorship or fundraising ideas should email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 66832841.