Larner set for nationals
10-year-old discus thrower to compete in Sydney
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.