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Andrews leaps into spotlight with record

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 04/04/2014
Dean Andrews
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ

LONG JUMP: Dean Andrews has broken a longstanding record with a jump of 5.62m.

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Mountainview's Dean Andrews could have a big future in athletics after breaking a 49-year long jump record at the Aoraki Secondary School Athletics Championships.

Andrews leapt 5.62m to eclipse the 1965 under-14 record by Ashburton High School's J Hands.

Hands' mark of 5.54m had been  the longest standing record in the books.

The 13-year-old all-rounder will be tested further at the South Island Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships in Timaru this weekend, when he competes in the long jump, javelin and 100m.

Andrews is a recent arrival in Timaru, having emigrated with his family from South Africa four months ago. He has made an immediate impact - no surprise given he was a top South African athlete for his age in long jump, javelin and the 100m, winning the coveted 'victor ludorum' for the best all-rounder of his age group last year.

For three years in a row he earned South African colours in athletics.

A sporting all-rounder, Milne was also in the junior Sharks Super Rugby development side. A goal-kicking first five-eighth, he has a dispensation to play for Roncalli this season and has slotted in at fullback.

At Mountainview's athletic championships Andrews broke four records in the 100m and 200m, long jump and javelin. His javelin effort smashed James Taylor's 1985 record by over 12 metres  with his best throw  44.13m.

Andrews also improved James Robinson's 1993 shot put record by over half a metre with an 11.46m effort. The talented teenager also has a personal best of 11.83sec for the 100m.

Andrews said his favourite disciplines in athletics were long jump and javelin.

As for his other passion, rugby, his dream was to play for either the Sharks or Highlanders, showing he has not taken long to adjust to life in New Zealand.

He is enjoying Timaru but said it is different from Dundee in Natal where they came from.

''School is great and I am enjoying the sport and everyone is really friendly.''

The biggest question may end up being how long it is before before a big school from outside South Canterbury comes knocking, offering a lucrative scholarship for someone with Andrews' undoubted talent.

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- The Timaru Herald

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