SAMUEL Walker’s dream has come true.
The Dominic College grade 10 student is one of six Tasmanians who have been selected to compete for Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The morning following the Athletics Tasmania announcement that he would compete in the 100-metre T38 race, Sam was given an honourable reception by 480 Dominic College year seven to 10 students and staff, who lined up to cheer and congratulate him as he arrived at the College.
“Sam never brags about his achievements,” Dominic College pastoral care coordinator Aaron Davey said.
“In fact, he often avoids the spotlight, so the spontaneous student gathering was met with his usual humility.”
Sam has represented Dominic College in basketball and football, as well as athletics and was chosen as Guzman House Sport Captain in 2018.
“Sam’s fellow students appreciate and respect his dedication, commitment and humility as a sport leader,” Mr Davey said.
“As a College, we are fully behind him and can’t wait to watch him compete on the Gold Coast as it is broadcast.”
Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said the whole student body would be cheering on Sam while he was away competing on the Gold Coast in the 100-metre T38 race.
“Sam is an inspiration to all at Dominic and he is going to thrive with the opportunity to be part of the Australian Commonwealth Games Team,” she said.
“The atmosphere, camaraderie and spirit among the athletic elites will be an experience of a lifetime.”
Sam’s mother Susan Walker said his selection for the Games was a result of hard work and dedication.
“Sam’s father Scott and I have never doubted his ability to succeed,” she said.
“We are overcome with pride as his parents and cannot wait to see what his future holds.”
Sam is also a finalist in the sports category in the Tasmanian Young Achievers Award, which will be announced in April, and is up for the People’s Choice Award, voted on by the general public.
Caption: Dominic College year 10 student Samuel Walker with his Commonwealth Games shirt in front of his Guzman House classmates and teachers.