Hamish Dewar off to flying start in Rarotonga
Timaru Boys' High School's Hamish Dewar is happy with his debut for a New Zealand team returning from the Oceania Track and Field Championships in Rarotonga with two medals.
Dewar, 18, competed in the under-20s, grabbing a silver medal in the discus and a bronze in the octathlon. He put the 1.75kg discus out 44.03m in atrocious conditions.
Heavy rain meant the circle was full of water and Dewar only removed a towel covering his throwing hand and the discus as he entered the circle.
In the octathlon the medals came down to the last event.
Dewar said the placings went back and forth with each event but he knew he would struggle in the run.
"I was happy with what I did, especially my hurdles time."
Dewar said the buildup was not perfect as the two days before competition the team spent most of their time in their rooms because of the heat.
The overall experience has inspired him.
"It was great, I would like to represent New Zealand again."
Dewar said the 21-strong team came back with 13 gold medals, 11 silver and six bronze as well as five Oceania records.
"I also made some new mates from the New Zealand team."
His major focus now will be on the New Zealand secondary schools' championships later this year. Dewar started his athletics career at Highfield primary school, where he was never defeated in the cross-country and then joined the South Canterbury Athletics Club.
- The Timaru Herald