Zeke mixes it with best junior athletes in Australia

It’s not easy getting into the South West Academy of Sport, with spots in programs limited and the high-performance organisation only inducting the region’s most promising teenage talent.

But exciting young sportsman Zeke Tinley has turned heads by managing to achieve the feat on more than one occasion – and for different sports.

The talented teenager recently earned a coveted spot in the South West Academy of Sport’s individual athlete support program, after showing potential in the multi-discipline sport of triathlon.

His accomplishment was made all the more remarkable by the fact he’d originally been a star hockey player for the academy, representing the state on the national stage in under-15 and 16 teams.

The 17-year-old Leschenault resident, who attends Bunbury Senior High School, puts his success in the sporting arena down to dedication, motivation and a desire to give it his all.

“If I’m going to do something, I want to be the best I can be at it,” he said.

The young gun is achieving admirable results in triathlon.

Earlier this month he earned second place in the 16 to 19 age category and ninth overall of the City of Armadale Duathlon, held at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre.

The national and state championship event, which had a run-bike-run format and attracted more than 700 competitors, features on the Triathlon Australia National Calendar.

Other recent achievements include winning the Bunbury duathlon winter season, and finishing in twentieth position at the Australian Schools Triathlon Festival held in Penrith in April.