QUEENSLAND’S fastest ever junior sprinter is torn between two dreams — the Olympics or the NRL.
Trae Williams is one of four teenagers promising to bring an end to Australia’s sprinting drought at major international championships.
Williams, national record holder Jack Hale, and New South Wales pair Jordan Shelley and Rohan Browning all have clocked under 10.7secs this season to spark what will be an explosive battle for the under-18 100m title tomorrow at the Australian All Schools Championships.
In August Williams clocked 10.51 to win bronze at the Youth Olympic Games in China but is not committed to track and field beyond this weekend’s nationals in Adelaide.
The 17-year-old played schoolboys rugby union for St John’s Anglican College and rugby league for Souths Acacia Ridge, the club that produced Broncos backs Anthony Milford and Daniel Vidot.
A decision between his two passions is looming.
“I never considered myself that fast because I didn’t win my first state title until I was 15,” said Williams whose older sister Carla represented Australia at the 2012 World Junior Championships.
“It’s a tough one to pick but there’s no rush.”