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State bronze for Lancaster shot putter

Falcon Taurua has returned from the Victorian Primary Schools Sports Association Track and Field championships with a bronze medal.

November 7, 2012 4:21am

Falcon Taurua used a brick to practice his shot put in the lead-up to the State championship.

Lancaster Primary School student Falcon Taurua returned from the Victorian Primary Schools Sports Association Track and Field championships with a medal last week.

The 11-year-old student won a bronze medal in the shot put with a throw of 11.06m.

‘‘I’m really excited and proud and it was really unexpected,’’ Falcon said.

‘‘There were lots of big kids and I wasn’t really confident.’’

He also competed in the discuss.

The Year 5 student does not do Little Athletics, but instead trains by throwing a 4kg brick in his family’s backyard across from the school.

It’s a training technique imparted by his dad Hone and mum Paniora who did the discipline — along with gum boot throwing — at their school’s tabloid sports in New Zealand.

Paniora still holds the discuss record in Wellington which she set when she was 14.

‘‘We all line up as a family and do it,’’ she said.

Teacher Fiona Smith said younger students at the school were definietly impressed by Falcon’s achievement.

‘‘It couldn’t have happened to a nicer kid,’’ she said.

Falcon said he was keen to join a Little Athletics club and prepare for an even better result at next year’s championship.

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