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Inspirational youth

My daughter had her athletics break up the other night and they had a guest speaker along who was pretty inspirational and shows you never know what you can achieve with hard work.
He was a local 18 yr old who 4 yrs ago weighed 95kgs (209lbs), and as he said himself was a fat couch potato. He started running with a mate for rugby and found he quite liked it. After 6 months he had a school race and finished fourth. He then hooked up with a coach and 14 weeks later he finished 2nd in NZ in 3000M for his age.
He has gone on to represent NZ internationaly and has scholarship offers from Michigan & Provedance (sp?). Not bad in 4yrs.