HE might just 17 years of age but Nowra Hill product Mason Beresford continues to excel in all types of sporting arenas.
From dominating in the athletics arena in Canada to representing the New South Wales Mini Trotting Association (NSWMTA) team, the former Nowra Christian School student has already had a glittering sporting career.
He recently added to it by winning his first ever open drive at Menangle - made even more impressive by the fact he only started trial races earlier this year.
"At the start of the race, I ended up at the back of the field but when they slowed tempo, I decided to move up outside the leader and my horse prove to be too strong," Beresford, who studied the race form to see what each horse I was racing against is capable of prior to the event, said.
"My horse Sling Shot won by nine metres, so I didn't need to push him anymore then what I did."
The victory earlier this month has always been a goal of Beresford's.
"I was so excited [to win] - it's something I have dreamed of since I was five-years-old," Beresford, who drives track work five days a week where he works at Cobbitty Equine Farm, said.
"It means the world to me, as not too many people win their first ever race.
"You only get one chance in your life to do this."
"I was very happy with the way he went."
As stoked as Beresford is, he knows none of it would have been possible without the help of numerous others.
"My dad and mum have helped so much to get me where I am today," Beresford, who admits his competitive drive from the other sports helped his success in the sulky, said.
"Also my boss Luke McCarthy has a big influence, seeing my potential and giving me this opportunity."
The young driver isn't happy with just one win though and is already planning his next success.
"I have to get 20 winners and 150 race drives to upgrade to an A Grade licence, so I can drive on Saturday nights at Metropolitan meetings," he said.
"From there, I want to become one of the leading junior drivers in NSW."
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