DARCY Wade from Stratford will depart for Hungary next week to compete in the modern pentathlon junior world championships.
The Gippsland Grammar year 11 student only recently returned home from competing in the Western Australian championships, where he won the gold medal. Wade is also the current Victorian and Queensland champion and was runner-up at the Australian titles.
Wade competed in the youth A division, completing swimming, fencing, shooting and running with good times.
Following the world championships, Wade will in September compete in the Oceania championships in Japan, where the Australian Youth Olympics representative will be decided.
Wade's first major event was the 2015 national tetrathlon junior championship, where he was the overall individual winner, scoring more points than even the winner of the senior division. Since then he has taken up fencing to be able to compete in the modern pentathlon and regularly travels to Melbourne for training.
He was selected on the Youth Olympic Games pentathlon development squad, which is the first step on the path to competing in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018.
A GoFundMe page has been set-up to help Wade with his expenses.