11 January 2010, By Vera Bertola
CATHERINE Field discus thrower Antonio Inzitari stepped out of the shadows to claim a gold medal at the Australian All Schools athletics titles in Hobart last month.
The 15-year-old, a 2007 bronze medallist and 2008 Pacific School Games runner-up, set a personal best to stake his claim as the nation’s best under-16 male discus thrower.
Proud coach David Prior took a talented squad to Tasmania and wasn’t disappointed with his athletes’ efforts. “Although there were plenty of nerves, others lifted their way to securing medals or new personal bests,” he said.
Inzitari gave Prior a few anxious moments. After leading the competition early the teenager suddenly found himself just hanging on to third place after round four. “The competition was hotting up . . . but Antonio’s earlier lead had set him up to have the last throw in the final round of the competition,” Prior explained. The young competitor dug deep to throw 59.08m and take the gold.
Other results: Taylor-Jane Villis, bronze, PB, u-15 hammer, 38.14m; Vivian Wilton, bronze, PB, u-17 hammer, 42.79m; Melissa Prior, bronze, u-18 hammer, 47.17m; Abby Moroney, bronze, u-15 discus, 39.50m; Hayden Wilton, fourth, PB, u-15 hammer, 44.25m.