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 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 other competitors, she couldn’t 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, they continued giving it their all during the competition, 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 distance of 41.38m.

Sunday would be the final day of the competition, and the weather had turned nasty with heavy showers. Competing for the last 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.

Venita once again gave it her all in the unfavourable conditions finishing with a best of 14.97m to 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 fantastic achievements!