After sprinting past his state rivals at the NSW PSSA Selection Trials, Gabriel Lombardi is looking to take on the country's top runners.
Lombardi is in Darwin for the Australian Primary School Athletics Championships, starting Thursday, with the 10-year-old set to contest the 100 metres, 200m and 4x100m events.
The Berry Public School student claimed gold in the 200m and silver in the 100m at the trials and he's hoping to land on the podium in Darwin.
"It's an amazing achievement making nationals," Lombardi said. "I really enjoy running and I think I'll go well, it's just amazing.
"My goal is to get a gold medal, or even just top three, that would be an amazing achievement.
"I think I'm a better chance in the 200m, I'm more of a chaser. In the 100m there's not enough time to catch up, in the 200m I have a bit more time."
While Lombardi may currently be focused on the athletics track, he has also achieved considerable success on the football field.
A member of the Sydney Juventus Academy, the youngster travelled to Italy with the Academy to attend the club's Juventus Academy World Cup.
Playing with and against some of the most promising junior footballers in the world, Lombardi impressed the club's coaches.
Lombardi's time in Bardonecchia was capped when he received best player and most creative player awards, the latter seeing Moise Kean deliver a personalised message on the big screen of Juventus' Allianz Stadium.
"The experience was really good, getting an award from the Juventus coaches and having the opportunity to play with players from all over the world, staying in the Olympic hotel, the whole trip was really fun.
"It was really cool winning the awards and seeing that video message and it was incredible that Moise Kean, a professional soccer player, actually said my name and mentioned me."
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