BETTER THAN EXPECTED: Andrew Walker won two bronze medals at the Queensland Athletics Championships.
BETTER THAN EXPECTED: Andrew Walker won two bronze medals at the Queensland Athletics Championships. Jake Jones

State athletics championship medals a surprise

ANDREW Walker has never been all that serious about his athletics before, so to return from Queensland Athletics Championships with two bronze medals was nothing short of a huge surprise.

It is the second time the under-17 athlete has been to the championships, but the first was when he was 12. And back then, Walker was not as competitive as he is now.

But even heading into the event last weekend, he was not thinking of being in the elite company.

"I did not expect to win anything," he said.

Instead, Walker was third in both his javelin and shot put events.

The lack of experience was not the only thing he had to overcome.

"The day before I was sick. I got a sinus infection and could not do anything properly," he said.

"When I got down there it brought me back to life."

Walker threw two metres from his best shot put result, missing out on silver by 28cm with the gold medal athlete unstoppable another five metres out in front.

The javelin was better than expected, and Walker had a feeling he could grab a medal early on.

"For javelin I was quite surprised. I was so happy with that," he said.

"Once I was in the top eight I figured I had a medal, no-one was near the top three."

It is not bad for a cricket player who has mostly not worried about athletics, and only headed to the event because it was the last time he could.

What comes next for Walker he is not sure, as he finishes school this year and goes in search of a career in 2016.

"I am not sure if I keep going. I really enjoyed javelin, but before this year I had not done it before," he said.

Pick up a copy of Friday's Observer for more stories from the championships.



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