Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Other Sports Can Provide Some Interesting Insight

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Other Sports Can Provide Some Interesting Insight

Article excerpt

IN THIS job you get the chance to speak with people from a variety of sports.

It sometimes makes me think about the differences between sports.

Speaking with discus thrower Matthew Denny's coach Grahame Pitt made me consider a difference between athletics and the major winter team sports in full swing.

There is no doubting that Denny is one of the Darling Downs' best elite athletes, so he knows what it takes to be at his best.

Denny is striving to throw a qualifying distance to earn him a spot at the IAAF World Championships in London in August.

Unfortunately fatigue seems to be setting in, which is preventing Denny from competing at his best.

Pitt, an astute athletics coach and a former rugby league mentor, mentioned Denny had been at his peak since the national championships in March and that was taking its toll.

Much in the way race horses can't sustain a long campaign and need a spell every now and then, human athletes are the same. …

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