Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

ELITE ATHLETE HITS MOTIVATION WALL; Sporting All-Rounder Taking Break Afterseven Years of Being Best in Australia

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

ELITE ATHLETE HITS MOTIVATION WALL; Sporting All-Rounder Taking Break Afterseven Years of Being Best in Australia

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DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

HAVING excelled at national and international level since 2011, Darrin Norwood has achieved more than most athletes could dream of.

He's had a number one world ranking in three of his masters events, represented his country and has won 69 medals at Australian championships.

However, one of Ipswich's most successful sporting all-rounders has decided to take a break from athletics.

"I haven't really found much motivation since the world champs last year,'' said Norwood, who turns 38 in two weeks.

"It just got to a point where my performance was falling behind so instead of trying to push through it, I thought I'd just give myself a few years off and then come back a little bit more refreshed maybe later on down the track.''

Norwood's inspirational competitive programs at state, national and international events have been testing but rewarding.

Forty-three of his 69 national level medals were gold, across a range of events from running and throwing to pentathlon competition.

The Raceview-based personal trainer won two silver medals and a bronze at last year's world masters championships.

He was nominated as Australian thrower of the year from 2015-17 and was Queensland's masters athlete of the year in 2015.

"It's all basically the last couple of years that everything has sort of come through and everything has clicked,'' he said, proud of his achievements.

"I've been absolutely stoked to make the open Australian team.''

But while leaving the door open to returning to masters athletics, Norwood has resumed his other sporting passion.

He's returned to Aussie Rules football where he's the Ipswich Eagles' leading goalkicker in Reserve Grade this season. The full forward has already booted 25 goals from five games in this year's QFA Division 3 competition.

"I just had to get that out of my system,'' Norwood said about playing footy again after his remarkable recovery from three knee reconstructions. …

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