In a heartbreaking turn of events, the world of Australian athletics is mourning the untimely loss of a rising star, Zulqarnain Haider, who, at just 14 years old, had already achieved remarkable feats in the world of track and field. Representing Keilor Little Athletics Club in Melbourne’s northwest and proudly donning the colors of his state on the national stage, Zulqarnain’s journey was one marked by sheer determination and a radiant spirit.
The news of Zulqarnain’s passing has sent shockwaves through the athletics community, leaving his fellow athletes, coaches, and supporters grappling with an overwhelming sense of grief. As photographs of this phenomenal young athlete, adorned with medals and clutching trophies, flood social media, it is evident that Zulqarnain’s impact extended far beyond the track.
Little Athletics Victoria, deeply moved by the loss, expressed their profound condolences, saying, “Zulq’, to those who knew him, was an athlete with extraordinary ability. His athletics achievements in his very short life were possibly peerless. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Zulqarnain Haider was 14 years old. Rest in peace.”
The outpouring of support from fellow athletics clubs paints a vivid picture of the close-knit and compassionate community that Zulqarnain was a cherished part of. Melton City Little Athletics, Doncaster Little Athletics, Coburg Little Athletics, Cranbourne Little Athletics, and Little Athletics NSW all extended their heartfelt condolences and praised Zulqarnain’s incredible talent and his infectious smile.
Amid the tributes, one message stood out, encapsulating the collective sentiment: “He was a delight to watch, had a very bright future and he will be heavily missed in the athletics community. Condolences to his family. A wonderful talented athlete and an inspiration to watch. Taken too soon. Rest in peace.”
Zulqarnain Haider’s journey through athletics was nothing short of extraordinary. His list of achievements at Keilor Little Athletics alone is awe-inspiring, including holding 18 individual center records and anchoring the relay team to an impressive nine state medals, five of which were gold. His dominance extended to the State and National Championships, where he clinched gold medals in various events across multiple age categories.
Zulqarnain’s legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire young athletes across Australia. His extraordinary talent and unwavering dedication will serve as a beacon of hope, reminding all that the pursuit of excellence knows no age. While his life was tragically cut short, the impact he made on the world of athletics will endure, forever etched in the annals of sporting history.