Tyndale’s best kept secret on the rise
ASHDON Randall is the apple in his dad's eye.
Tyndale single parent Matthew Dwyer is proud as punch of his 11-year-old, who tends to excel at every sport at which he tries his hand.
"I'm very proud of my little boy," Dwyer said.
"He's a really good boy, never in trouble. He can be stroppy with me but is always polite with everyone else. And anything to do with sport that he puts his hand to, he goes to District."
Ashdon is in Year 5 at Cowper Public School and is the school's sports captain.
His most notable achievements thus far have come in rugby league, rugby union, swimming and athletics. His exploits in the latter will be on show today at the Mid North Coast PSSA Athletics Carnival at Coffs Harbour, where he will attempt to qualify in shot put and discus for the North Coast PSSA titles at Lismore.
Last Friday he broke the Clarence District 11 years boys' shot put record with a throw of 12.05m at Grafton, and is on track to improve on his fifth place at NSW PSSA Athletics in 2014.
"He was fifth in the state last year and is throwing a lot better this year," Dwyer said. "The Coffs one should be a formality for shot put, but he hasn't thrown discus for as long so we'll find out about that on Friday."
Next week Ashdon heads to Warringah in Sydney to represent North Coast in the NSW PSSA Boys' Rugby Union Championships.
It will be the fourth time this year the family has had to travel to fulfil Ashdon's sporting commitments, which Dwyer said simply would not be possible without the generosity of the community.
"I'm a single dad and without the community support I couldn't do this," he said.
"Local stores Ace Variety Discounts and Townsend General Store Service Station have had cans on the counter so we can go away."
Ashdon's most recent sporting excursion was to Tamworth for the NSW Under-11 Boys' Rugby League Championships, again wearing North Coast colours. The bullocking front rower was named Players' Player for his team.
Grafton Ghosts fans would recognise Ashdon as the try-scoring machine in the club's Under-11s outfit. He is currently the Group 1 Junior Rugby League Under-11s leading try scorer with 23 ahead of South Grafton's Noah Edwards (20) and Ezekiel Stephenson-Bolt (18) from Marist Brothers. He won Grafton Ghosts Under-10s best and fairest in 2014.
"Ashdon is a very good up and coming player," Grafton Ghosts Juniors president Brett Nay said.
"He is a special talent and certainly one of the standout players in the team.
"What's also helped him has been playing a few games in under-12s. It's given him a lot of confidence and last week he actually scored two of their tries. His under-11s coach Troy Carter has done an absolute fantastic job with them this year."