Sharman shatters long-held record
ALLORA student Brodie Sharman broke a discus record by two metres in yesterday’s Border District Sports at Hamilton Oval.
The feat was an even greater achievement as the former record was set 13 years ago by another Allora student, Greg Holmes.
Holmes was a Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Junior Sports Star of the Year winner at the time and won numerous medals in field events at state and national level.
When he left school, Holmes followed a footy dream which took him to the Wallabies and a Super Rugby win with the Reds.
Like Holmes, Sharman is also good at athletics and footy.
While he is enjoying his athletics and keen to go to the nationals again, his real love is rugby league with the Wattles club and hopefully an NRL club in the long term.
Sharman threw 54.69 metres yesterday in 15 years discus to beat the record of 52.09m.
He threw 49.5 metres to win at the Five Way Meet at Allora and believes a throw of 54 or 55 metres will win him a medal at the State Secondary School Championships.
With his club team playing its last fixture game of the season on Saturday, Sharman has started athletics training under coach Paul Bannister in the past fortnight.
He also won the long jump and 100 and 200-metre sprint double yesterday.
Sharman was also hoping to break the long jump record but had a best of 6.09m to miss the record of 6.2m.
Such is his keenness; Sharman asked the officials to let him have a fun jump afterwards and was measured at 6.35m.
“I always do better with my fourth or fifth jump,” he said.
In the 100 metres, he ran a time of 11.8 seconds which he reckons he can reduce to 11.1 or 11.2 on tar this season.
He prefers field events but acknowledges sprint training is good for his hopes in rugby league.
“Speed and strength is important in rugby league,” he said.
“If I keep improving as a sprinter, it will help.”
Sharman may be focused on athletics right now but hopes to start training in October with the Toowoomba U16 rugby league side.