To commemorate World Down Syndrome Day, we’ve decided to spotlight one of our Multi-Class Athletes who competed in the State Track & Field Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre on the weekend – eight-year-old Lachlan Margetson.
Lachlan has been a part of Little Athletics at Sutherland for five years, starting with Tony Tots at age three – 2019 was the first year he was eligible to compete in multi-class events.
The eight-year-old enjoyed a successful weekend at the State Track & Field, where he took part in four events and placed first on two occasions.
Lachlan also broke two PB times on the weekend, including a notable 14-second improvement in the 200m race.
“I like the throwing events but love the running when people are cheering me on to reach the finish line,” said Margetson.
A swimming enthusiast, Lachlan was one of the few competitors that relished the fierce downpour on Sunday.
“I love water and the rain, so I loved throwing the discus in the downpour,” said Margetson.
“I did a PB by 29cms.”
One of Lachlan’s favourite cartoon characters is Alex the Lion from the Madagascar film franchise – the budding athlete strikes a pose in honour of the lion whenever he features on the podium.
“I do love Alex the Lion and try to run fast like him,” said Margetson.
“I also like to look like him on the medal dais.”
Athletics has helped Lachlan develop his swimming skills over the years – he has also grown his friendship circle during his time with Little Athletics.
“Athletics has helped me to be more confident and to keep trying, even when things are hard,” said Margetson.
“Athletics has let me make many friends at Sutherland LAC; the officials and other parents have been so welcoming and supportive of me.”
While the jumping events remain a difficult task for Lachlan, he looks forward to the challenge of improving his athletics over the coming years.
“I just want to run faster and throw further just like all the other boys and girls at Little A’s and make more new friends,” said Margetson.
CLICK HERE to see all the results from the State Track & Field Championships
For more information of World Down Syndrome Day, CLICK HERE