Olympian Justin helps our youth
HAVE a look at the sugar level on the food packet was one of the messages from Olympic shot put finalist Justin Anlezark at Allora State School yesterday.
Anlezark retired from athletics last year after winning a gold medal in the shot put at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and finishing seventh in the final of the shot put at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
He now travels the nation speaking to students about Proactive Future, a program he established to deal with nutrition, fitness and goal setting for children.
At Allora yesterday he told students they had to set life goals early.
He worked with class groups and each child prepared charts on nutrition, fitness and goal setting to take home to their parents.
“I spoke about the importance of reading what were the ingredients listed on the back of a cereal box,” Anlezark said.
“There are some foods with 50 per cent sugar.”
Anlezark felt he was in good company yesterday when he met national discus medallist Matthew Denny.
Both have been coached by Graham Pitt in Toowoomba.
While Anlezark was better known as a shot put star, he also won national titles in discus and explained the finer points of both disciplines to more than 150 students yesterday.
Three throwers from Allora State School, Brodie Sharman, Jack Bannister and Denny, made it to state level last year, an achievement that impressed Anlezark.
“It is good to see their success in an individual sport which is much different to team sport,” Anlezark said.
Denny and Sharman will compete in the national club titles later this week.