Tim toast of Ubobo after winning gold medal in shot put
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
UBOBO youngster Tim Lockyer is the toast of the Boyne Valley after winning gold at last week's Pacific School Games in Melbourne.
The quietly-spoken 12-year-old teamed up with Moranbah ace Raymond Haim to crush a strong field of rivals in the 10-14 years AWD (Athlete With A Disability) Shotput Relay at Olympic Park.
Winning the gold was a great reward for the hard work Tim, known as the 'Ubobo Underdog', put in before the week-long Games which drew competitors from as far as South-East Asia and across the Pacific.
'It was really nice to win gold, I was very happy,' Tim said.
'To team up with Raymond was fun, he is a good friend of mine.'
What makes Tim's effort even more special is the fact that he was lucky to survive birth when the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, and that he is coached by dad Rosco and brother Chris.
Sometimes that partnership presents some issues, but usually they are resolved pretty quickly, according to Rosco.
'When Tim doesn't listen to me, I get Chris to help him, he listens to his brother better than me,' Rosco laughed.
Rosco added Tim's win had been the talk of the small Boyne Valley township and wanted to thank all the people who supported Tim's trip to Melbourne.
'On behalf of Tim and myself, I would like to give a really big thank you to everyone for all the fantastic support, sponsorship and donations we received for the trip,' Rosco said.
Tim now takes a break over the Christmas and new year period where he can reflect on his Pacific gold, which sits proudly alongside the Queensland gold he won in Brisbane last year. No wonder he is the toast of Ubobo.