For many kids, folding paper planes is merely a way to pass the time.
For Illabo youngster Harry Pratt, it's a vehicle for national supremacy.
After being named state champion late last month, Harry won the Australia-wide Paper Plane Design Challenge in Sydney this week.
Illabo student and noted paper plane star Harry Pratt managed to squeeze us into his busy media schedule before winning the national title. pic.twitter.com/JQ7I6eiHmt— Junee Southern Cross (@JuneeSthnCross) May 9, 2017
Harry’s ‘double dart’ plane covered more than 15 metres on the day, blitzing all competitors unfortunate enough to be standing in his way.
The 10-year-old, who said he expecting to finish second at best, said he was still coming to terms with his stunning success.
“When they called my name, it took a minute to actually sink in,” Harry said.
“I was just standing there smiling and laughing, I can’t really explain it.
Illabo local Harry Pratt in action before taking out the national Paper Plane Design Challenge in Sydney yesterday. pic.twitter.com/i2bBqecWR4— Junee Southern Cross (@JuneeSthnCross) May 9, 2017
“All my hard work had paid off.
“I’d been practising until my arms were sore.”
Among Harry’s prizes is a school visit from his heroes at Paper Pilots, a pair of professional paper plane makers who inspired Australian film Paper Planes.