Many happy returns for Nick

Nick Pritchard, from Booragoon, is the State’s number 3-ranked boomerang thrower. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d417853
Nick Pritchard, from Booragoon, is the State’s number 3-ranked boomerang thrower. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d417853

The 48-year-old is overall third in the State after picking up a boomerang for the first time less than two years ago.

Then, just three months later he travelled to Sao Paulo, Brazil to compete in the World Championships after a chance meeting with State number 1, Canning Vale’s Grant Perry (32), at his local park.

‘I bought a boomerang at the Freo Markets and walked down the road to Karoonda Oval to have a throw and Grant was there with a bag of them,’ Nick said.

‘I said ‘hey, I’ve got one of those’. Turns out it his dad makes them and it was one of his I bought at the markets. I had a throw and he said I had a good arm.

‘I love my sport and it just went from there.’

Nick will compete in the 2014 World Boomerang Cup in Guildford this month and competed in the State championships in Southern River on March 30.

Nick has 60 boomerangs of his own and throws them all for a couple of hours, two to three times a week, at Karoonda Oval in preparation for competition, along with weights, swimming and squash and his usual work in the building trade.

Nick’s range of boomerangs ” made with carbon fibre, marine ply, fibreglass, polypropylene and flame-resistant Paxolin ” is designed to travel varying distances, from 20 to 160m.

He said you’re never too old to pick up a boomerang.

Since settling in Booragoon 15 years ago ,the former Cardiff City soccer player has represented WA in squash, is the most valuable player at Blue Gum Tennis Club, has been club champion two years running at Glen Iris Golf Club and has played high-level corporate lawn bowls.

Details

WHERE:Guildford Grammar School
WHAT: 2014 World Boomerang Cup
OPEN: April 12-23. Free entry
INFO: www.wbcperth2014.com