FAMIILY TRADITION: Nick and Tom Denny at the Warwick All Schools Sports at Briggs Oval where Tom equalled a sprint record.
FAMIILY TRADITION: Nick and Tom Denny at the Warwick All Schools Sports at Briggs Oval where Tom equalled a sprint record. Gerard Walsh

Another Denny is starring in track and field

ATHLETICS: Allora State School student Tom Denny has equalled the Warwick All Schools 100m record at 11.2 seconds.

Mark Warrener set the mark in 1975 at a time he had records galore at Warwick State High School and in the region. Warrener and Don Wright were at Warwick High at the same time and are two of the best athletes to represent the school and region.

Wright went on to make the semi finals of the 110m hurdles at the 1984 Olympics and win two Commonwealth Games bronze medals.

Tom, 14, and his younger brother Nick, 12, each ran strongly at the Warwick All Schools Sports at Briggs Oval on Thursday. They are cousins of Allora Olympian Matthew Denny.

This year, Tom was age champion at Allora State School and at the Border districts meet.

His time of 11.2 seconds on Thursday equalled his personal best. He has personal bests of 6.09m in long jump and 23.67m in the 200m.

Tom said he won't be looking at the 400m and 800m in future.

"I get asthma so am better at short distances,” he said.

As for his favourite athlete, he likes Jamaican runner Yohan Blake "as he is the underdog”.

Nick, 12, is a student at Scots PGC College and competed for the first time at the state championships last week.

He was first in long jump, second in the 200m and third in the 100m. The brothers each have the same events.

Nick has already won the age championships at Scots PGC and Southern Downs sports and was athlete of the carnival at Southern Downs and the outstanding boy at the Darling Downs 10-12 years championships.

"I don't reckon I am big enough to be a thrower like my cousin Matthew,” Nick said.

They have spoken to Matthew about athletics and had a few training sessions with their grandfather Bob Denny.

Nick's personal bests are 5.24m in long jump, 12.57 seconds in 100m and 25.80 in 200m.

He will leave on September 18 to compete in the national school championships in Darwin.

"It will be pretty good to go to Darwin, I have never been there before,” he said.

While some of his cousins have played footy, Nick has already decided he wants to concentrate on athletics rather than play footy.

The boys' little brother Louis will be 10 next year and is just as keen on athletics as his siblings.



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