STRONG ARM: Heather Dent still holds the Orange Throw record distance.
STRONG ARM: Heather Dent still holds the Orange Throw record distance. Adam McCleery

ORANGE FESTIVAL 2017: Secret to a winning throw

HEATHER Dent has a simple secret to success in the Gayndah Orange Festival Throw competition.

"Eat plenty of oranges and mandarins,” Mrs Dent said.

"That's the secret.”

Mrs Dent came into the 2017 competition as the current record holder for the open women's age group, and snatched victory at the festival's family fun day on Sunday.

The Orange Throw competition has become a popular one among festival patrons and Mrs Dent is no exception.

"It's really good, it rounds off the Orange Festival activities and events like mandarin eating and orange throwing,” Mrs Dent said.

"But it's definitely my favourite.”

Decked out in a Viking helmet and a bright smile, Mrs Dent said she loved coming to the Orange Festival.

"Initially what sparked the competition was my sister and I usually throw in the orange competition and unfortunately she couldn't be here this time for it,” Mrs Dent said.

"So I felt that I really did have to come back and have a go.”

Mrs Dent did not manage to break her 2011 record throw of 60 metres this year.

She said she would look to try again at the next festival and encouraged everyone to join in the festival fun.

"If you missed out on it this time, get here for the next Orange Festival, it was really really good,” Mrs Dent said.

The new long weekend dates for the festival didn't faze Mrs Dent, who still enjoyed all of the festivities that were on offer.

"It was a different layout, it was definitely interesting and made you explore a little more of the festival areas and went really well,” Mrs Dent said.

"The entertainment was fantastic, definitely recommend it.”


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