Disabled Frankton teen Connor Endrodi (right) is going for gold in a new discipline – the javelin.
The talented 14-year-old heads for Melbourne in October with the New Zealand junior team for the Australian Paralympic Youth Games.
He will also compete in the Paralympics NZ National Championships in Wellington in November.
Endrodi, diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy as a baby, won five golds in track and field events at the same international competition in Australia two years ago.
But he needs a local coach to help out with the javelin, says mum Ave Migias.
“Connor was just four metres short of the national record for his age with his first throw earlier this year and that’s been a big encouragement,” she explains.
“But we now need someone to show him all the proper techniques.
“I do have a bit of funding in place from Variety – the Children’s Charity, to pay for some assistance and we need someone who can commit to something on a weekly basis.”
Endrodi’s former coach, Sport Central’s Bill Godsall, says he isn’t surprised the Queenstown teen is showing promise in the javelin, after excelling in sprinting, shotput and long jump.
“Connor has the potential and attitude to do well in just about anything he tackles,” he says.