Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Long Jumper Wins a Gold; Also Scores QAS Scholarship

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Long Jumper Wins a Gold; Also Scores QAS Scholarship

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Byline: Gerard Walsh gerard.walsh@warwickdailynews.com.au

ATHLETICS: Warwick long jumper Justyn Rogers has won gold in the under-20 age group at the Oceania Games in Townsville.

He jumped a personal best of 7.37m on Wednesday to win with his fifth attempt in a games that attracted athletes from 22 countries. His previous best was 7.34m

It was his first competition as part of the Australian team. He will remain with the team in Townsville until Saturday.

"I was happy with a PB but still wanted to jump further," he said.

"I have bettered 7.4m in training.

"It was good five of my six jumps were legal. I pushed one jump too hard and my foot was just over the board."

Justyn has six more weeks in Warwick before taking up a scholarship at the Queensland Academy of Sport.

"I will have a month off and then get back into training in Warwick before I start my scholarship at the QAS," he said.

"The scholarship will continue while I continue to perform to expectations.

"It will be interesting to train each day and be a good change."

In the next six weeks, Justyn will continue to work at Warwick YMCA/WIRAC and work part-time for Rogers Sports Coaching under Nathan and Bec Rogers.

While he is not related to his coaches, he does some coaching for the couple, who train a squad on the Warwick East State School grounds.

It won't be all training in Brisbane though, as Justyn will transfer work to the Bowen Hills YMCA.

The QAS program is at the Queensland State Athletics Centre at Nathan in Brisbane.

"I trained a fortnight ago with jumps coach Gary Bourne and he said I had a lot of potential," Justyn said.

"He has coached Henry Frayne, who came second at Commonwealth Games last year, along with Naa Anang, who competed in long jump in the Games."

While Bourne also trains triple jumpers, Justyn is keen to concentrate on the long jump. …

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