Larner set for na­tion­als

10-year-old dis­cus thrower to com­pete in Syd­ney

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A BINJOUR State School stu­dent will travel to Syd­ney at the end of this month to com­pete at the na­tional schools ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion for dis­cus.

Travis Larner, 10, is one of only 12 stu­dents at the small school and has only been train­ing in dis­cus since March.

“It feels good, I didn’t ex­pect it to hap­pen,” Larner said.

The young sports­man sur­prised ev­ery­one with his progress in school sports, win­ning at the Small Schools Dis­trict car­ni­val ear­lier this year with a throw of 23m.

Larner went on to win the North Bur­nett com­pe­ti­tion and in the Wide Bay com­pe­ti­tion in Kin­garoy he placed third.

Travis com­peted at the State cham­pi­onship in Bris­bane where he won a sil­ver medal with a per­sonal best of 35.72m, a 9m PB.

“I was shocked and ex­cited (when I got sec­ond),” he said.

“I never ex­pected to make it this far.”

Larner’s mother Tessa said she was proud of her son and ex­cited for his fu­ture.

“Sec­ond in Queens­land is a pretty big thing,” she said.

“I hope he’ll get into the top eight or so.

“We would be ec­static: We never ex­pected any of this to hap­pen.

“At State I would have been happy if he got into the top eight as well, but this has sur­prised us.”

Coach Gwen Colyer said Larner was a pa­tient stu­dent.

“He takes in what I try to teach him,” Colyer said. “He’s been pretty good. “It’s mainly tech­nique as there is a lot of learn in the feet and arms, it takes time.

“Not ev­ery­body picks it up straight away, but he has the knack of pick­ing things up quickly.”

Colyer, who coaches kids as a hobby, said she never ex­pected to see a stu­dent go so far.

“I just started off help­ing them and I’m so over the moon about it,” she said.

“I was so over­whelmed at State, I blub­bered when he got sec­ond.

“I got so emo­tional about it all. I never ex­pected it, it was so won­der­ful.”

Colyer said she hoped Travis would be able to en­joy na­tion­als.

“If he goes down, and does a PB that would be awe­some, if he gets in the top eight, I’d be re­ally thrilled,” she said.

As well as dis­cus, Larner com­petes in a num­ber of other sports.

“I play rugby league, cricket, run­ning, ath­let­ics and that’s about it,” he said.

“I like do­ing it all and I like be­ing ac­tive, that’s prob­a­bly what I like most about sport.”

He said be­ing ac­tive kept him oc­cu­pied.

“I don’t like just sit­ting around the house be­ing bored: I like be­ing out on the field with my friends,” Larner said.

“You can only play cer­tain games at school be­cause not ev­ery­one will play.

“That’s why I like do­ing sports on the week­end.”

Larner said he wanted to con­tinue play­ing sport well into his teenage years.

“I want to achieve a lot in sport, do bet­ter in what I do,” he said. “Keep go­ing up and keep pro­gress­ing.”

The trip will be Larner’s first time to Syd­ney.

“I’ve been be­fore but he hasn’t” Mrs Larner said.

“If he is ex­cited, he doesn’t show it.”

De­spite not ap­pear­ing ex­cited, Larner said it was an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to na­tion­als,” he said.

“We’ll prob­a­bly go and see some places while we’re there.”

The School Sport Aus­tralia ti­tles will be held in Syd­ney from Novem­ber 24–29.

I don’t like just sit­ting around the house be­ing bored, I like be­ing out on the field with my friends. — Travis Larner


ON THE RISE: Travis Larner (pic­tured com­pet­ing in long jump) will com­pete at na­tion­als for dis­cus later this month.

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