Meet Australia's Junior Skater of the Year
The South West’s proud tradition of producing top athletes has continued, with Dalyellup teenager Andrew Beattie named Australia’s Junior Skater of the Year.
The 16-year-old, who was recently accepted into the South West Academy of Sport, was announced the recipient of the accolade earlier this month.
And although he wasn’t present to collect the award in person, he had a good excuse – while he was being named the best in Australia, he was busy competing against the best in the world.
The award announcement took place while Beattie was in Spain representing Australia at this year’s World Roller Games, which featured 11 days of spectacular sporting action between July 4 and 14.
The decorated artistic skater, who has collected almost 200 medals along with 13 trophies, excelled at selection trials in Melbourne earlier this year to earn his ticket to the international small wheels contest.
Beattie competed in junior men’s solo style dance and junior men’s solo free dance at the Games, which attracted more than 4000 athletes across 11 roller sports disciplines.
“It was a very big competition and I was very happy to place eighth in my event out of 13 competitors,” Beattie said.
“I thought I handled it very well. I wasn’t getting too overwhelmed by the experience. I knew it was my first World Roller Games and I wouldn’t do as good as I would in Australia. So, I just had to accept that and do my best while I was over there.”
Now back in Bunbury, Beattie is training in anticipation of his fourth Oceania Artistic Championships in October.