Jonty on podium after severe illness
ATHLETICS: A few weeks ago the last thing on Jonty Murdoch's mind was competing at the Pacific Games.
Bedridden with pneumonia for almost three weeks, the 10-year-old was in doubt to even travel to Adelaide to compete.
Murdoch not only went to the games, but he excelled as well.
The Bundaberg East State School student finished second in the discus and fourth in shot put, his individual events, before helping Queensland win gold in the team shot put.
His shot put distance of 12.35m in the final, combined with the scores of his state mates Jack Smith and Ryan Johnson, were enough to beat three other states.
"It was quite fun being in the relay with your best friends,” Murdoch said.
"We had a combined total of around 33m and we won with the score.
"I was pleased. It was quite a good experience.”
Dad Leon said if Jonty had been doing track not field he wouldn't have been able to compete so soon after being ill.
"I was just pleased to even go and throw a distance,” Murdoch said.
"Considering I was top four in the nation (for both events) that felt really good.”
Murdoch is now preparing for the upcoming Little Athletics regionals and then next year's state titles.
The Bundaberg Athletic Club and West Bundaberg Little Athletics junior said the Pacific Games has prepared him well.
"It's boosted my confidence a lot. I came into it thinking I might get a medal and I came out of it going 'I got a medal, that's really good,'” he said.
"We're aiming to get good personal bests at regionals and state records at states.”