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Lorimer is reaching new heights breaking throwing records

Ben Lorimer competing in the javelin event at the 2013 Queensland Athletics Para Athlete carnival. Photo Contributed
Ben Lorimer competing in the javelin event at the 2013 Queensland Athletics Para Athlete carnival. Photo Contributed Contributed

NOTHING can hold Ben Lorimer back.

His never-say-never attitude is something we could all learn from.

When you talk to the 17-year-old Rockhampton athlete, it is hard to believe he is considered disabled.

Despite being wheelchair-bound with cerebral palsy, Lorimer is reaching new heights, with his latest achievements including breaking an Australian Open Men's record in F33 javelin and picking up gold in the Open Men's discus.

Having just graduated from the Rockhampton Grammar School, Lorimer was wrapped up in a whirlwind of success and said he was looking forward to contesting the Australian Junior and Open Championships in Sydney next year.

"I was really happy with the way I went this year," Lorimer said.

"Breaking the open record was one of my goals at the start of the year, so to do that I was really proud of myself.

"This will be the first time I'll be going to the Open Championships and having never been there before I have no idea how I will go but it will just be an experience and however I go it doesn't matter."

To top it all off, Lorimer was awarded the RGS Outstanding Senior Sportsman of the Year award for the second year in a row, which he said was a huge honour.

Disabled athlete Ben Lorimer. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Disabled athlete Ben Lorimer. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

 

"Just to win it once was the prize last year," the champion said.

"Coming all through primary school I had won the disability award so just to win an athlete award, which is what all disability athletes want to be considered as, to win that twice was just amazing and I really didn't expect it."

With his high school days done and dusted, Lorimer said he would be spending plenty of time tossing the javelin, discus and shot put around and had hopes of one day representing Australia at the Paralympics.

"Next year I'll be concentrating on my sport and might look at going to university after that," he said.

"I want to see how far I can get with my sport next year and maybe get a world ranking.

"The Paralympics are a big goal for me, you never know what they're going to have or whether your event is going to be there but that is always the ultimate goal."

Topics:  discus javelin records