Shepparton's Daniel Patten left his best until last, but his final throw was good enough to win gold in the discus event at the School Sport Victoria Track and Field Championships.By Oliver Caffrey
Shepparton High School student Daniel Patten has powered his way into contention for a spot in the Victorian athletics squad.
The Year 11 student won gold in the 16-year-old boys’ discus at last week’s School Sport Victoria Track and Field Championships at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne.
If selected in the state squad, he will compete in the Australian All Schools championships in Townsville next month.
After a poor opening two heaves, Patten steeled himself for a big effort on his last attempt to claim the Victorian title with a winning throw of 37.78
‘‘It was a good throw on my last throw, the third one,’’ Patten, 16, said.
‘‘I was a bit off balance early, but then I changed my shoes and got all pumped up and I just tried my hardest and I came up with the big throw on the last.
‘‘I just calmed the nerves and knowing I could do it and pushing through.’’
Patten is no stranger to big competitions after throwing at national and international level in the past.
When living in Melbourne, he was involved with Little Athletics at Coburg before moving to Shepparton about two years ago.
Although he is happy to again be state champion, Patten said there was plenty of room for improvement.
‘‘It wasn’t my personal best and there’s more I can improve on if I go to nationals because I’ve thrown 40 (metres) in practice,’’ he said.
‘‘If I get a letter, I’ll definitely go (to nationals) and hopefully I can get some funding to help me get there.’’
Patten just missed out on a medal in the 16 boys’ shot put, placing fourth with a throw of 13.03
The hulking teenager is also a keen footballer, having taken the field for Murray league side Rumbalara last season.
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