All-round superstar athlete has big aspirations
TRACK and field athletes have their pick of throwing, jumping, sprinting and long distance events and commonly choose one discipline in which they excel.
Not Cooper Weil, he takes on every event and with great success.
The 10-year-old has had a stand out year with breaking a 22-year-old South Burnett athletics record, among his list of achievements.
On his way to his record-breaking discus throw at the regional carnival Cooper set a new Nanango State School record, for the first time in 16 years.
He is also the Queensland Little Athletics under-11 record holder for discuss.
"I try my best to beat my best and sometimes I break records and that makes me feel good,” Cooper said.
Copper's coach, Stephen O'Connor, said mastering his technique has been key to Cooper's success.
"He is not that big so to be a good thrower at his size his technique has got to be perfect, and he beats a lot of the bigger boys by having good technique,” he said.
In addition his his throwing success Cooper has earned Wide Bay champion titles in discus, cross country and tetrathlon.
He went on to earn a bronze medal at the state athletic championships in tetrathlon.
The tetrathlon allows Cooper to showcase his all-round ability by testing his endurance in the 800m race, showcasing his speed in the 100m dash, displaying his strength in shot put and demonstrating his jumping ability in long jump.
O'Connor is impressed with Cooper's all-round ability and such a young age.
"It is not easy to train for throws jumps sprints and distance running especially when you are young,” he said.
For Cooper a typical training week can involve up to 15kms of running, three hours of discus training, one hour long jump training, 2 hours shot put training.
Cooper has aspirations to pull on green and gold for Australia at the Commonwealth and Olympic games.
He trains alongside older athletes under O'Connor which bring out his competitive nature, especially when he is training alongside his older brother who inspires him to push harder.
Cooper got to know what competing for Australia is like with 2018 Commonwealth Games athlete Taryn Gollshewsky coaching Cooper for discuss at Wide Bay level.
O'Connor said Cooper has a lot of potential in little athletics and aquathlon, for which he earned Wide Bay selection, heading into the new year.
”There is a lot more he can achieve and it is looking like he will have a good little athletics season this year,” he said.
”He has got a lot ahead of him in the next six months.”