Josh Feneley from Hornsby Heights, NSW made headlines in late 2014 for winning medals left and right. He competes in basketball, swimming, cricket, Australian Rules football, as well as cross country.
Born and diagnosed with autism, that didn’t stop him from finishing the two-kilometer run and winning a silver medal in the “Athlete with a Disability under Ten” category at the National Cross Country Championships, which was held last September in Albany.
As a swimmer, he competed at the NSW Championships in March 2014 for the freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke events. He became enthused with cricket and Aussie Rule football when he moved to Asquith Public School, from St. Lucy’s School in Wahroonga, NSW.
Just last February 19th 2015 , the NewsLocal Junior Sports Star of the Year awards honored him and many other young athletes for their resilience in the world of sports. The event was held at the Bicentennial Park’s Waterview Conference Centre.
Josh Feneley is unlike most kids his age, who would rather turn to the Internet and tap and swipe their gadget’s touchscreen than to go outside and play. His mother, Kerry, couldn’t be more swollen with pride of her son’s accomplishments, at such a young age no less.
“I love that he does a lot of sport…he is very hyperactive. We love him and are so proud of his –achievements,” she said.
Josh Feneley was also nominated for a Hornsby Advocate Young Achiever award for the third week of February 2015.