Throw­ing dis­cus gold min­ing style

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery

ATH­LET­ICS: Mt Perry Gen­eral Store owner Deb Charles came up with the gold pan dis­cus throw af­ter be­ing in­spired by the Dingo races unique Dingo Trap Throw.

“We owned a cat­tle property at Dingo and then we bought a property in Mun­dub­bera but de­cided to look at some­thing else and saw the gen­eral store was for sale,” Ms Charles said.

“When the Dingo races hap­pen they do a world dingo trap throw com­pe­ti­tion so I thought about what we could do here in the same vein.

“Then I thought why not the gold pan be­cause we are a gold min­ing town.”

The gold pan dis­cus is ex­actly as it sounds, get­ting race-go­ers to throw a clas­si­cal gold pan like a dis­cus.

“It was an idea to help keep peo­ple en­ter­tained and here longer,” Ms Charles said. “You have to throw the pan like a dis­cus, not a Fris­bee or shot-put. You just throw it as hard and as far as you can.”

The gold pan dis­cuss throw will be bro­ken up into three groups, men, women and un­der 16s.

“We have $500 prize­money on of­fer, $200 for the men, $200 for the women and $100 for the un­der 16s,” Ms Charles said.

“To reg­is­ter you can come into the shop or you can reg­is­ter at the course on the day, nom­i­na­tions will be $5.”

The event will run af­ter the jocks plate and prior to the night’s live en­ter­tain­ment.

“The more va­ri­ety and more fun we can add to the day is good, we want ev­ery­body to get in­volved,” Ms Charles said.

The idea for the gold pan came to Ms Charles when she was vis­it­ing an­other small town.

“When I was last in Im­bil for a camp draft the Guides had a sale across the road,” she said.

“There was a very old gold pan for sale and the man who sold it to me said he bought it from a 90-year-old prospec­tor years ago.

“So it has been around for a long time, I’ve had it sand­blasted, pow­der coated and painted gold. There is go­ing to be a big tro­phy and in­di­vid­ual tro­phies for the win­ners.”

The Mt Perry Races are on Satur­day, Novem­ber 12 from 11.30am.

The gold pan dis­cus throw is be­ing spon­sored by the Mt Perry Gen­eral Store.

You have to throw the pan like a dis­cuss, not a Fris­bee or shot-put. You just throw it as hard and as far as you can — Deb Charles


TRO­PHIES: Spon­sor Deb­bie Charles (right) and sis­ter Sandii Lewis have the tro­phies ready for the event.

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