ALLORA field events star Matthew Denny is ranked first in the world in his age group in discus and set to compete in the World Youth Championships in Ukraine next year.
Denny has a 2012 world best in 16 years discus of 65.89 metres which he threw in breaking state and carnivals records at the Greater Public Schools carnival this year.
He competes for Toowoomba Grammar School where he is coached by Grahame Pitt.
Last weekend, Denny threw 75.83m in hammer in a club competition at the Gold Coast to set a new national record for his age.
In the annual GPS championships, he also won the shot put for the Toowoomba Grammar team which finished second. His father John Denny said he was extremely proud of Matthew's dedication.
"He has given away footy so as to reach his goals in athletics," John said.
Matthew won a player of the final award in a premiership-winning Wattles underage rugby league team and was awarded best player in a Mustangs Challenge where he broke his collarbone, a factor in his decision to concentrate on athletics.
This year, Matthew broke records in winning hammer, discus and shot put titles at the Queensland Secondary School Championships in Brisbane and will compete in Hobart this weekend in the under-18 age group in the national school championships.
Matthew will then compete in a Toowoomba Grammar School team in the national knockout school competition in Launceston on Monday.