Brody targets Olympics after Oceania triumph

STAR SHOW: Miriam Vale athlete Brody James has returned from the Oceania Athletics Championships with a medal swag.
STAR SHOW: Miriam Vale athlete Brody James has returned from the Oceania Athletics Championships with a medal swag. Mike Richards

BRODY James is the pride of Miriam Vale and Australia, last week bringing two gold medals and a bronze home to the country town from the Oceania Athletics Championships in the Cook Islands.

The talented 18-year-old is excelling on the international stage with his favourite sports of discus and shot put.

He now has his sights firmly set on the Olympic Games.

Returning to Gladstone on Saturday evening, Brody was given a celebrity homecoming, with Mayor Gail Sellers greeting him as he landed on the tarmac.

Brody said his performance at the Oceania Championships was surprising given the unfavourable weather conditions in Rarotonga, including 50 knot headwinds.

"I've never thrown in conditions like that before," he said.

"There was a torrential downpour. I could barely see in front of me, but I managed to throw only three metres under the world record."

Competing in the junior men's discus, Brody threw a formidable 47.40 metres, earning him a gold medal.

He said remaining confident is a key ingredient to his success.

"I know my capabilities and technique are above average," he said.

"I don't get tired. I love throwing. It was a proud moment."

His primary focus now is finding a coach and sponsorship.

Apart from Little Athletics, Brody has received little guidance in mastering his sport, and while it is doing him no harm, he desperately wishes to secure a coach.

An accidental entry into discus and shot put has paid off for the teen, who began throwing after a busted knee forced him out of representative football five years ago.

Offering his knowledge to youngsters at sporting days, it is easy to forget Brody has youth on his side, with possibly 20 years left in the sport.

"Once I win the Olympics then I'll retire," he said.

Topics:  athletics discus gladstone sport miriam vale oceania championships shot put

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