OVER: Warwick West student Ben Lyons clears a jump in practice before the nationals in Penguin, Tasmania.
OVER: Warwick West student Ben Lyons clears a jump in practice before the nationals in Penguin, Tasmania.

West pair head to Penguin nationals

AFTER two silver medals at the athletics state championships, Warwick West State School student Zac Caterson is hoping to medal at the nationals next week in Penguin, Tasmania.

The year 7 student was second in the discus with a personal best of 46.85m and threw 12.97m in his silver medal win in shot.

His schoolmate Ben Lyons won a silver in high jump at this year's state championships when he cleared 1.46m

He has jumped 1.5m in training in the back yard at home but it is distances and heights in competition which count.

Ben is a second generation star at high jump; his father Rob Lyons held a record for many years at Warwick West.

"Dad did the flop, he gives me a few hints at training," Ben said.

Ben has enjoyed state success in little athletics.

Zac's father Paul Caterson is his coach in field events two to three times a week. Zac has been going to the Warwick Boxing Club gym for fitness training for the past two months and is in his second year at the Warwick Little Athletics Centre

Both Warwick West students enjoyed the experience of the nationals in Brisbane last year.

Zac was seventh in discus in the only event he qualified for.

This year he is in two events so has a second chance for a medal.

Ben won bronze in the nationals last year so is realistically aiming for another podium finish.

Every athlete has some special moments and for Zac it was breaking a record by 6m previously held by Jack Bannister at Southern Downs.

The moment was special as Australian representative Matt Denny was measuring the discus and shook his hand after the throw.

Zac said he was inspired by 2012 Olympic champion Robert Harting from Germany.

"I watched him on the TV," he said.

They will fly with their Queensland team-mates to Penguin on Wednesday morning.

Zac will compete on Friday and Saturday and Ben will be in action on Saturday.



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