These boys are all winners
LISMORE Heights Public School athletes with disability (AWDs) have had mixed success but they are all winners.
Intellectual, physical, hearing or visual disabilities directly affect official placings in sport but not the athletes' attitudes.
Ethan Hooker had a successful time at the State Primary School Sports Association Athletics (PSSA) championships in Sydney.
After an opening throw of 14.4m, the nine-year-old won gold in the 8-10 years boys discus AWD with a throw of 16.13m.
In the boys junior shot put AWD Ethan threw consistently, with his best effort of 5.64m earning him bronze. He is now hoping to join Lismore Little Athletics.
His close friend Kynan Davis was disappointed that he didn't continue where he left off at regional level.
In the 100m he finished second but, under AWD guidelines, he officially placed seventh.
The result for the 200m was another seventh and he was sixth in the long jump.
The boys agree that their hero in athletics is Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt.
In the pool, 11-year-old Dylan Phillips has gone from strength to strength.
He began swimming at age six and has enjoyed notable success, particularly in breaststroke. Dylan was senior boys champion at the Zone PSSA carnival this year.