SPRINTER Jonti Lanz is a Lambton boy through and through.
He is a member of Adamstown-New Lambton Little Athletics, plays soccer for the Lambton Jaffas and attends Lambton High School.
Next week Jonti will take his passion for his hometown and channel it into the 2014 Lake Macquarie International Children's Games, where he will represent Team Newcastle.
He will compete in the 100-metre and long jump events alongside three fellow Novocastrians.
Jonti has a successful history with the 100m sprint.
He set a club record for the event when he was just six years old.
But it wasn't until he was about nine Jonti realised he wanted to take athletics further than just Friday afternoon meets.
"Setting club records was just the start," Jonti said.
"I knew there was much more for me out there."
Jonti went on to smash records at regional and state school athletics carnivals, but is still searching for his first big achievement on the world stage.
So when the opportunity arose to be part of the largest multi-sport youth games in the world, he took it and ran.
Jonti said he was looking forward to meeting other athletes from around the world at the Games.