State titles have silver lining for youngster
THERE'S no substitute for hard work and the results that John Welna recently achieved at the NSW PSSA athletics championships have proven that.
The Woolgoolga Primary student completed a silver medal double at Homebush Stadium when competing in the discus and shot put.
In both events he finished behind Luke Merchant from the Hunter town of Iona but a conversation with his fellow competitor has re-inforced Welna's recipe for success.
"I think I got the medals because of my technique, practice and strength basically," he said.
"A lot of the other guys that were there are bigger than me and that's why they were throwing far.
"I talked to the winner and he said that he trains a lot like me."
Welna missed out on the gold medal in the 12-13 years discus by only 18cm.
"There was more pressure on in that event as it kind of all came down to the last throw," he said.
"Once the competition got going I thought I was a chance of winning in the discus but not in shot put.
"Half of the guys competing were bigger and taller than me and I thought I was up against a lot so I was surprised with how it went."