Record can­not be con­quered

Cham­pion has a zinger of a throw

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

STRONG ARM: Heather Dent still holds the open women’s Orange Throw record dis­tance from 2011.

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