Life of Chance

TRARALGON 10 year-old Chance Doultree has the makings of the next Michael Phelps, Nick Riewoldt, or Usain Bolt.

The multi-talented athlete represented Victoria in swimming and athletics this year, as well as leading his division’s goal-scoring tally as captain of his Pax Hill junior football team.

Chance recently returned from the national athletics championships in Adelaide with a tetrathlon seventh place under his belt, after recording personal bests in each of the four events that comprise the discipline: the 100 metre sprint, 800m, long jump and shot-put.

The result complimented an outstanding season in the pool, in which the allround athlete competed in every stroke across eight events at the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Sydney.

Chance finished sixth in the 50m breast stroke final and recorded the fastest Victorian time at the meet for his age group and the one above in his best individual result.

The St Pauls Traralgon student also captained the Gippsland swimming year seven to 10 team this year, after winning eight gold medals at the regional swimming championships.

While the track and pool beckon for Chance, his heart is set on playing in the AFL one day, preferably for his favourite team St Kilda.

The champion junior, who has been immersed in sport since the age of six, will now turn his attention to the state long course swimming championships to be held this month.