Happy Birthday today to newest Olympian Matthew Denny
ATHLETICS: Never give up is the message from Allora thrower Matthew Denny who is set to compete at the Olympics only eight years after coming last in the state championships.
In an era when he was better at rugby league than athletics, Denny recalls securing a minor place in discus and shot put at the regionals and then coming last in the same event at the state championships in primary school.
This year, he is Australian open champion in discus and hammer and has qualified for the Olympics in discus and is a certainty to be named in the Olympic team in July.
His aim is to make the final which will be contested by the top 12 at Rio de Janeiro in August.
If he does he will become the youngest finalist in the event in Olympic history. Denny threw an Olympic qualifier of 65.37m in California last Saturday at the age of 19.
He and coach Grahame Pitt flew into Brisbane yesterday morning in time for the Allora star to make it home to celebrate his 20th birthday today.
Denny was so excited after throwing the qualifier he didn’t get to sleep to 4am Sunday and still bettered 61.5m the same day.
“Throwing a qualifier took a big weight off my back,” he said. Now it is back to hard training.