Josh Ledger's golden run in top- class athletics has continued with strong performances at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney.
The national secondary schools 400m champion, at just 15 years and competing in the under-18 games, picked up two medals - a gold and a bronze in relay events, after just missing a top- three finish in his specialist event.
Ledger, who will soon start year 12 at Hutt International Boys' School, finished fourth in the 400m (50.97s) in a race won by team-mate Bailey Stewart in 49.03s ahead of Brazilian and Australian runners.
Ledger was then a successful part of the New Zealand relay efforts in the five-day games which finished on Saturday and were held in energy-sapping Sydney heat.
His 4x100m relay team finished third (with Ledger running the second leg) behind China and Brazil. Then came the best - a gold medal winning effort in the 1000m relay with the Kiwi foursome of Austen Heuvel, Jacob Matson, Ledger and Stewart winning in 1m:58.53s from Brazilian and Australian teams.
The New Zealand track and field team had a productive games, returning with 24 medals including three gold won at sprint events.
Ledger is a long-time Upper Hutt Athletics Club member who also runs for Trentham Harriers in the winter.
His next big athletics assignment will the New Zealand club championships in March.
- Upper Hutt Leader