Year 7 student smashes Mundubbera school discus record
AFTER making the Wide Bay squad for athletics two years ago, Mundubbera State School student Dylan Robertson got a rude shock.
"I got smashed at Wide Bay,” Robertson confessed.
There was one competitor in particular he remembered, who Robertson said launched his discus not far shy of 40m.
"I wanted to be better,” he said.
"I wanted to beat him.”
So Robertson approached Mundubbera's renowned throwing events coach Gwen Colyer for assistance in honing his technique, which he realised was not up to scratch.
"You've got to have your hand flat so the discus comes off the middle finger first,” he said.
Robertson made the Wide Bay squad again last year and has continued his upward trajectory this year, blasting the previous 12 years boys discus record at Mundubbera State School's athletics carnival late last month.
He threw 28.99m, breaking a record which has stood for 24 years: Kerry Beutel's throw of 27.40, set in 1995.
Robertson has also worked hard at shot put under the tutelage of Colyer, and fell just shy of claiming a record at the carnival in that discipline too.
The Year 7 student is a gifted all-round athlete.
He plays for the Central Burnett Brumbies in the second row, has just taken up tennis, and in the summer months also swims and plays cricket.
Robertson professed no preference between sports.
"As long as he's having fun,” mum Bronwyn Robertson said.