Coming home with one medal from the Commonwealth Youth Games is impressive, but two? That’s downright legendary.
Eagle Vale teenager Jordan Doris recently picked up both a gold and a silver medal at the games, held in the Bahamas, for his efforts in athletics.
The 17-year-old won gold as the fourth runner in the 4x400m mixed relay and took silver in the 800m sprint.
He said he was proud of his achievement.
“It feels really good having two medals,” Jordan said.
“It was great to have that experience and I really enjoyed the challenge.”
Jordan shone in the relay semi-final, bringing the team home with an incredible victory.
“I’m the fourth runner and we were in third place when I got the baton,” he said.
“In the end we won by nine seconds.
“I always strive to bring it home for the team.”
The Mount Carmel Catholic College student – currently studying for his Higher School Certificate – said he loved challenge of the more demanding races.
“With the 400m relay, you’re going as hard and as fast as you can as soon as you get the baton,” he said.
“But the 800m is a bit different, it’s more of a challenge.
“You have to figure out how you’re going to run your race.
“There’s more strategy. It’s about the mind game.”
Jordan is training hard to make the Australian squad for the under-20s world championships in Finland next year.
However, his ultimate goal is to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The teen has some words of wisdom for Macarthur kids dreaming of reaching athletic goals.
“Just enjoy what you’re doing,” he said.
“If you’re training so much that you don’t like it anymore that’s not going to make anyone happy.
“Give yourself every opportunity to succeed.”