Zac Caterson with his four gold medals after the state junior athletics championships.
Zac Caterson with his four gold medals after the state junior athletics championships.

Rising Warwick athlete's gold medal haul

ATHLETICS: Warwick State High School student Zac Caterson has, for the first time, won four state gold medals at the one championships.

Caterson has won gold medals galore in discus, shot put and javelin in years gone by and has now won gold in his first state championships in hammer.

His success last weekend at the State Athletics Centre in Brisbane has qualified him for the National Junior Championships in Perth in March in all four events.

The wins at the weekend were on top of winning gold in javelin, silver in discus and bronze in shot put at the Australian All Schools Championships in Melbourne in December.

Such is his enthusiasm for the sport, he competes in three different athletics streams - school, Queensland club athletics with Ipswich and District and Warwick Little Athletics.

He won three gold medals in the regional little athletics championships in Toowoomba at the start of the month and broke records in U14 shot put and discus.

His distance in shot put at the regionals, 16.74m, is a new state record.

Caterson said he rated discus and javelin as his favourite events.

"They are all good. I have just started hammer," he said.

"I can't throw hammer in Warwick due to the holes left in the ground so I mainly do drills at home."

This month, he threw a personal best of 52.88m in discus.

"I just want to keep throwing personal bests," he said.

He competes in Perth in the second week of March and will return home in time to compete at the state championships in little athletics.