Record cannot be conquered
Champion has a zinger of a 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 popular among festival patrons and Mrs Dent is no exception.
She said events like the mandarin eating and orange throwing competitions rounded off the Orange Festival each year.
“It’s (the throw) definitely my favourite,” Mrs Dent said.
Decked out in a Viking helmet and a bright smile, Mrs Dent said she loved coming to the Orange Festival.
“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 60m this year.
She said she hoped to try again at the next festival and encouraged everyone to join in the 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 the festivities 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.”
STRONG ARM: Heather Dent still holds the open women’s Orange Throw record distance from 2011.