Published on 14/12/2018

The nation’s best junior athletes had to deal with three days of gloomy weather at the recent 2018 Australian All Schools Athletics Championships, held in Cairns, QLD.

On day one the strong swirling winds & rainy conditions made it extremely tough and uncomfortable at times for the girls competing in the U18 Women’s Discus Throw. Macarthur Throws Squad member Venita Mailei competed in the event giving it her all, however just like several of the other competitors she was unable to produce anywhere near her best on the day and finished in sixth place with a best throw of 40.79m.   

On Saturday morning as the heavy rain was starting to ease, warming up getting ready to make their debut at an Australia All Schools Championships were Macarthur Throws Squad youngsters Amelia Morgan and Unitty Ta’uo  in the U14 Women’s Hammer Throw event.

In round one of the competition both girls had a nervous start throwing well below their best. Although their nerves had settled a little by round two, the girls were still struggling to find their usual consistent rhythm.

However, as the comp went on, they both continued giving it their all, putting themselves on the podium, with Unitty claiming the Silver Medal with a best of 43.92m, and Amelia the Bronze Medal with a best of 41.38m.

Sunday would be the final day of competition and the weather had turned really nasty with very heavy showers. Competing for the final time at an Australian All Schools Championships and in her second event at these championships was squad member, Venita Mailei, this time in the U18 Women’s Shot Put.

Once again Venita gave it her all in the unfavourable conditions, finishing with a best of 14.97m to go on and claim the Bronze Medal.

Well done to Elizabeth Dimoulas who placed 12th in the U18 Women’s Hammer Throw with a best of 39.70m.

Congratulations girls, we’re all proud of your awesome achievements!


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