RUNNING HOT: Lismore Heights Public students Kiernan Devine, left, and Kynan Davis, ran at the PSSA National Championships for Cross Country in Tasmania.
RUNNING HOT: Lismore Heights Public students Kiernan Devine, left, and Kynan Davis, ran at the PSSA National Championships for Cross Country in Tasmania. Cathy Adams

Kynan won a silver medal but lost his chips to a peacock

HE might have won a silver medal in the national cross country championships, but 10-year-old Kynan Davis is more interested in talking about what happened when he went to the zoo during his recent trip to Tasmania.

Kynan's friend Kieran Devine finished fifth in his age category and was apparently attacked by a monkey when the boys visited the Tasmanian Zoo at Launceston. A peacock also stole his custard tart and hot chips.

These memories will probably remain with the boys for life as they look back on a five-day trip where they were competing in the Public Schools Sports Association national championships.

Kynan has a chromosome disorder which has resulted in a heart condition known as a clicky heart. It also causes some learning difficulties, but despite this (or perhaps because of it) Kynan has developed a love of sport, particularly running.

Every night he drags his dad out for a 2km run (and beats him) and Kynan said running up and down the hills of East Lismore probably helped him win silver in the 2km course in Launceston.

Kynan said the course was muddy and he almost lost his shoe during the race.

The boys had to run a heat and a final over two days, with 110 people from across Australia and New Zealand competing in the final.

Three age groups all ran together with a mix of AWD (athletes with a disability) and those without a disability.

Kynan finished 10th out of the 110 runners but after times were adjusted to factor in his T20 disability, he finished in second place.

Kynan's mother Jodie Davis said she was "really proud of how far he's come".

"He pushed himself and gets in his mind what he wants to do, and then does it," she said.

Kynan was also recently given a medal for his age category for the Northern NSW zone for athletics.

"I don't know where he gets his sporting ability. It's not from me," she said.



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