NOT content with being the fastest boy in Australia in his age group, James Roach now wants to break the 12 second mark over 100m.

The 11-year-old won the 100m with a time of 12.54 at the national school championships in Adelaide late last year, along with silver in the 200m.

He was also part of the winning 4x100m relay team.

But James, who starts Year 7 at Newington College in Stanmore this year, has already set his sights on his next goal.

“I want to try and break 12 seconds this year, that would be a big achievement,” he said.

The Croydon junior said training with Shaun Edwards from Speed Agility Academy at Centennial Park had helped him overcome a hamstring injury and just almost four seconds off his time.

“He’s improved my technique and helped me go from 16 seconds to 12.5 in a few months,” James said.

He said it was strange to think he’s the fastest in his age group across Australia.

“It feels good because it’s a massive achievement, but I’ve been lucky to have a lot of help along the way.”

But while James is fast on the track, his dream is to one day play for the Wallabies.

His pace would make him an ideal candidate to play out wide, but James plays second row for Hunters Hill and made the Northern Suburbs representative team.

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Original Posted: January 24, 2013
Inner West Courier