Wagga Little Athletics Club has secured an unlikely $1000 windfall after a record-breaking javelin throw by Para-athlete Matt Thompson at the Australian track and field championships last month.
Thompson, whose 44.47m throw put him into the record books for the F46 javelin, began his little athletics career as a child in Wagga before moving interstate.
Now a doctor in Canberra, Thompson also earnt $1000 in Coles gift cards himself and said he was keen to see the prize for his junior club go to the country centre where he started.
The Wagga club was thrilled at the surprise benefit which will help supply the canteen and barbeques.
"It's great to be acknowledged by an athlete that has come through our club and we're extremely proud to have made a lasting impression on him even though he only spent one season with us," president Michael Cameron said.
"We hope Matt's performance will inspire other multi-class kids in the area to join our club and give athletics a go."
Thompson said his work as a GP is his primary focus but his track and field goal is to represent Australia in coming years.
"To get a 44 metre throw out was quite pleasing especially since my training performances hadn't been that great recently," he said.
"My work takes precedence at the moment but I'm keen to give athletics a good crack in the next few years and maybe even get onto an Australian team."
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