Bryn is Prossie's new silver boy
NEVER has Bryn Hodgson imagined that he would one day be one of the best in Australia in his chosen sport.
But just more than a week ago this became a reality.
Bryn's jump of 13.8m was enough to earn him a silver medal in the under-18s triple jump event at the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships held in Brisbane on December 3-4.
Bryn said he would never forget the moment his name was called and he stepped up onto the podium.
"It was a pretty proud moment. Seeing mum there with her smile on her face," he said.
Coming second in the country in any sport is a remarkable achievement by anyone's measure.
It is even more remarkable when the athlete comes from a regional area.
But what is astounding about Bryn's results is that he doesn't train.
"I usually just do it for fun," he said.
"A couple of days before [nationals] I went and got my run-up sorted."
This minimal amount of preparation meant that Bryn excelled in the field of nine of the best junior triple jumpers in Australia.
Despite being beaten to the top honour by Benjamin Cox from New South Wales, Bryn said their was no feeling of disappointment.
"I kind of analysed the situation and thought one person gets cut [each round]," he said.
"So once I made the top eight, I kind of let loose.
"I was the top 16-year-old but second in under-18s."
Knowing that it was almost simply natural talent that earned him this great result, Bryn said he was now ready to take his first steps towards a career in the sport he loved and excelled in.
"I didn't go there expecting much," he said.
"Coming back it kind of opened my eyes.
"It kind of makes me want to do something with athletics now."
Following his success at nationals Bryn now has his eyes set on making his name known on an international level.
He said he hoped to take the sport more seriously and be part of the U19 national development team to compete in the World Junior Athletics Championships in Barcelona in July next year.
This result will only be possible if he qualifies at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in March.
"I'm going to start training," he said.
"There's the national juniors next year which would be a good start."