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With area’s help, local athlete Dyer can head Down Under
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland junior Nate Dyer has had quite the list of athletic accomplishments.

Currently, he can be seen on the gridiron pounding out necessary yards in short-yardage situations.

In the spring, he can be seen chucking in the shot put in the area and at State.

But the summer of 2013 could see an amazing and unique opportunity for the already-accomplished athlete, with your help.

Dyer and his family, in cooperation with American Legion Post 312 in Maple Park, hosted an “All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner” fundraiser on Saturday to help raise funds for a potential trip to Australia, organized by Down Under Sports for an international track competition.

“I got a letter about it in August, and I’d like to go. My brother (Brock) did track, and I started doing it in eighth grade and realized I was pretty good,” Dyer said.

For the competition happening July 5-7, 2013, funds are due June 3, according to Penny Dyer. The cost of the trip runs $5,200.

According to Penny, the Australian outfit researched the IHSA’s track elite to invite track athletes, with just 300 athletes chosen nationwide.

Dyer, who states his goal is to one day compete in a future Summer Olympiad, is eager to hit the Southern Hemisphere location.

“It’s a four-hour flight to L.A. and about 14 hours from there, but I’d like to go and it’d be fun,” Nate said.

Dyer was the only sophomore in the state to qualify for both the shot put and discus events and was an all-Northern Illinois Big XII Conference selection, as well.

“We’ve got some other ideas out there for fundraisers, and we’ve been talking with Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb to possibly host something, and Down Under Sports has T-shirts available to sell,” Penny said. “It’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti with good dessert.”

To support Dyer and his goal of competing Down Under, contact Penny Dyer at (630) 742-6388. All the effort could go a long way for the junior that has already competed nationwide.

“He wants to go, definitely,” Penny said. “We’ll have some of his medals there and people can see what he’s done. We can get him there and help him experience it.”