At just 14-years-of age, up and coming local athlete Jake Hedger achieved excellent results when he had the honour of being a part of the Australian cross country team which competed against some of the fastest students across the world in America recently.
The Monaro High School student was selected to travel to America in September as part of the Australian team for Cross Country.
The team flew to Los Angeles, before heading to Las Vegas for four competition runs at high schools based around Vegas.
The first run was in the morning and the competitors were able to prepare well in the cooler temperatures.
Hedger did extremely well after getting off to a great start and stayed with the lead pack for the entire race. Crossing the finish line he was exhausted after the 5km long race.
After his race he said with a lot of pride, "that was great mum, but I've got a better plan for the next run."
And he certainly did, in the next race showing his ability and tactics.
He started steady and was able to beat his personal best time from Australia, and finished the fifth fastest Australian boy.
All the races were open events, which meant that all ages ran together from 13-year-olds up to 18-year-olds.
The races were all in extreme heat, about 38 to 40 degrees Celsius, that the Australian team was not used to, but that didn't stop them from proving why they were chosen in the first place. Hedger's mum, Katrina travelled with the group and congratulated all students on their efforts.
"All the kids should be extremely proud of themselves for their achievements and representing Australia. Jake had a fantastic time, not only competing against kids from around the world but also experiencing the travel and sight seeing that the tour had to offer. They went to Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Santa Monica boulevard and so much shopping," she said.
Jake is an outstanding athlete and commits himself with 110 per cent dedication to all facets of his early sporting career and he will take this experience and use it for any future sporting career that he chooses.
He will never forget the experience or life time friends that he made while away in the USA and wanted to thank all those who helped him travel and compete especially his family and friends who made it possible.