A Grade eight student at
Chelmsford Public School, Spencer Burton has been around sports for
as long as he can remember. Of course, with a pair of sports-minded
older brothers in Tyler (age 19) and Sheldon (age 16), this probably
seems only fitting.
In fact, despite the age
difference, it wasn’t the least bit unusual to have the Burtons
suiting up together. “Soccer was my sport growing up”, notes Spencer
Burton. “I played with my brothers’ team…I think it made me try
harder just to keep up with everyone.”
Likewise, the youngest
Burton was often just a tag-along at track practice for the other
two, allowing Spencer to simply practice alongside older athletes.
The regime seemed to work out as the 15 year old Burton captured
Gold in all three events he entered during the Gibson Memorial Track
& Field competitions earlier this year.
“I practice a few times a
week and I want to concentrate on the 100m dash – I should be able
to run 11.90 seconds or so” said Burton. Perhaps it is the range of
sports at which the talented Rayside teen excels that helps set him
apart. In garnering three gold at the track, Burton completed the
rare trifecta of winning a sprint event (100m dash), jump event
(long jump) and throw competition (shot put).
In fact, a year ago he
added wrestling to his athletic resume, a sport in which Sheldon
already excels. “I joined originally because my brothers joined”
said Spencer Burton. And keeping up with his brothers has served the
youngest of three Burtons very well to date.