League move to triathlon a success
DYLAN Newbery just loved playing rugby league but he knew he needed to improve if he wanted to go further in the game.
So the Aldridge State High School student did something about it.
He asked someone what he needed to do – that someone knew a thing or two about playing the game – his grandfather Moray Smith, a member of the Fraser Coast Rugby League Team of the Century.
His advice to the aspiring young centre was simple – he had to get fitter.
Newbery took that advice on board – but it’s not in rugby league that he’s now making a name for himself.
He’s now a state triathlon champion after he won the Triathlon Queensland Sprint Championship for his age group after a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run at Redcliffe.
Newbery also finished seventh overall in all age groups.
Not a bad effort when you consider almost 200 athletes were in action and Newbery, who is 15, has only been contesting triathlons for a couple of years.
The gold medal came just 24 hours after he won two bronze medals in the Queensland Secondary Schools Triathlon Championships, an effort which saw Newbery win selection in the Queensland team to contest the nationals next month.
Newbery, one of a number of talented triathletes who are trained by Aldridge State High School teacher Dave Trevorrow, will again be in action this weekend when he contests round six of the Gatorade Triathlon Series at Raby Bay.
It’s a series Newbery is currently leading in his 13-15 age group.
Although he’s not playing rugby league anymore, Newbery said he’d made the right decision.
“I am loving being a triathlete and I’ve got grandad to thank for that,” he said.
“If he hadn’t had told me to improve my fitness I would never had gone along to the triathlon training at school – I am so glad I did.”
But how does his grandad feel about him giving up football?
“I think he was a bit upset at first,” he said.
“However, now he’s with me all the way – he’s the first in the car when I go away to compete and I love him being there.”