Congratulations to Nesta Walker on your sporting achievements. Nesta is the grandson of Ken Walker- who worked tirelessly to revitalise and support the Gumbaynggirr Language. Nesta is also the son of one of Muurrbay’s head teachers Dallas Walker.
Bowraville Central’s Nesta Walker has made a proud homecoming from the NSW Combined
High School State Carnival taking out the blule ribbon in the 17 year iold boys pentathlon.
The gruelling event consists of 100 metre sprint, 1500 metre run, shot put, javeline and long jump
and last year Nesta scored a second.
“I really went for gold this year, so Im pretty happy.” Nesta told the Guardian
But iwas more than just an athletic triumph, there was also gently family rivalries to be dealth with as Nesta’s older brother Anthony won the same event 3 years ago. For Nesta, the javeline is his favourite medium.
“It comes naturally to me and I also enjoy the shot put.” he said.
“The 100 metres wasnt a problem because, Im running everyday to keep fit anyway. The 1500 metres was the toughest as I havent been training for distances but i already had plenty of points by that time.”
Nesta is one of the stable of young athletes who train with Ritchie Donovan at Scotts Head.
“I really love sports, I try and do as many as I possible can. I’ve played some basketball, football, touch footy and ondoor netball…I enjoy keeping fit, its much better than the alternative.”
He also placed sixth in the shot put and 10th in the javelin (which followed the pentathlon, from which he was still “pretty sore”)
Nesta has recently put school behind him and is now completing his Certificate III in Education through TAFE.
“I am training to be a teachers aide. I love working with kids- they can teawch you so much more and are a lot of fun.”
by Ute Schulenberg