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By JESSICA BARDETTA|
MATTHEW Outzen has achieved much in his short career.
The 14-year-old, a member of Winston Hills Little Athletics Club, recently broke a 15 year javelin record of 47 metres with a throw of 50.52 metres.
How does he do it?
"I just think about throwing a long way," he said.
The Westfields Sports High School student is 176cm and 78kg, his strong physique ideal for throws events.
Pain is no barrier to this athlete. Last year, suffering a broken knee, Matthew competed at club level in discus, javelin and shot put and still qualified for state.
This year he had surgery, a Osteochondral graft that left him inactive for five months.
"Playing indoor soccer I stopped quickly and dislocated my knee cap. It came up and broke my femur. I had an operation to screw bone back together and all the ligament," he said.
Matthew joined Winston Hills Little Athletics Club as a six-year-old.
His top achievement to date include two gold medals at the 2000 Trans Tasman Challenge in Aukland and competing at the Pacific School Games this year.
Matthew has qualified for state Little Athletics comprtition for the past six years and also holds the 13 and 14 years javelin record at Winston Hills Little Athletics Club.
"To be good at throwing you have to train hard. I hope to go to the Olympics one day," he said.
Coached by the junior Olympics throws coach Dennis Knowles three times a week, and during school by Roger Green, a Commonwealth Games shot putter, he is on track for further success.
At the state knockout competition for all sports school team won gold, progressing to the Australian school knock-out held in Launceston on December 10 this year.
<*------------------------------*>Photo: FIONA MORRIS
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