Matthew Denny: Profile of a Throws Prodigy
At 19 years of age Matthew Denny has the notable stature of a man built for explosive power. The young champion grew up on a mix of rugby and athletics excelling in both disciplines. His love however resided in athletic throwing events leaving football and its constant injuries behind.
He has been awarded many accolades throughout his junior career including 2013 QAS Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year and Athletics Australia Junior Athlete of the Year.
Most recently Denny has became Australia’s youngest open national hammer champion with a winning throw of 69.15 metres during the 93rd Australian Athletics Championships competition at the Brisbane Sport and Athletics Centre in March.
Denny has also been selected to compete at the World University Games in the discus event kicking off in July.
At what age did you first start taking part in athletics? Were you always interested in playing sport?
I first started Athletics in primary school in grade 1 or 2 throwing been bags as shot puts and vortexes as javelins. I was always interested in it but my focus as a kid until grade 8-9 was rugby league
With your main events being shot put, discus, and hammer throw, do you have a favourite?
I don’t have a favourite, I love all throws but my main 2 are discus and hammer and I do shot just for fun and I don’t see myself changing to just one event anytime soon.
Hammer throw is often considered a lesser-known athletic event, how did you start training for hammer throw and who got you into it?
I started hammer in grade 9 because my coach Grahame Pitt taught it and always said to us that we should try all the throwing events. I also always found it very interesting and challenging which is why it attracted me to it.
Before you enter the circle to do a throw, what are you thinking? Do you believe a big part of good throw is having a positive mind set?
Having a positive mindset is a major part of sport, being able to be confident in your ability and knowing things are possible. A large part of my mental game is to be confident, run through my cue points and always have a routine before I walk into the circle before a throw.