JACE Nepean may be small in stature but his extensive list of achievements far exceeds his height.
The 13 year-old was recently named Warrnambool’s overall youth achiever of the year at the city’s annual awards night.
The latest recognition is just another the Emmanuel College student can add to his lengthy list.
The talented teenager has received recognition for his efforts in playing piano, trumpet, leadership, soccer, karate, surf lifesaving, kayaking, science, mathematics and geography.
And while succeeding in competitions is not uncommon for him, Jace said winning the council award on was unexpected.
“I was shocked,” he said. “There were lots of kids there and they all had heaps of achievements.”
Jace said while others had hinted at school connections, the origins of his nomination remained unknown.
“I think I was nominated by a teacher but I’m not sure,” he said.
The shy Warrnambool youngster, who graduated from St Pius X Primary School in 2015, said his achievements were a result of trying new activities.
“I think it was Ben’s advice to ‘always have a go’,” he said. “I think it’s important to take every opportunity.”
Ben Johnson is Jace’s mentor and kayak coach.
The Warrnambool Canoe Club president is one of the adults that Jace said had been a positive influence on his life.
“I think the support and encouragement from all my clubs has been really important,” Jace said.
Jace’s mother Debbie Nepean said it was her son’s unwavering dedication that was the secret to his success.
“He’s very committed to what he does,” she said. “And he never wants to miss any training.”
The soccer-mad sportsman said atop his list of idols was an English soccer star.
“It would have to be Harry Kane from Tottenham,” he said. “I just think he’s brilliant at what he does.”