HAMMER TIME as athletes thrive at the recent 2019 Australian Junior Championships, held at Sydney Olympic Park.

Macarthur Throws Squad young Hammer Throwers Unitty Ta’uo and Breanna Griffiths were in personal best form with both girls recording comfortable victories. 13-year-old Unitty set a new U15 Hammer Throw meet record on the way to winning her first national title.

The Airds teenager bettered the previous meet record mark of 47.25m twice during the competition. Eventually going on to claim the Gold Medal with a new personal best throw of 48.20m. The youngster who first began athletics at the age of 11 has picked up a host of medals in her first few seasons on the back of dedication and a lot of hard work.

athletes thrive at national athletics championships-Unitty Ta'uo
U15 National Hammer Throw Champion – Unitty Ta’uo

Griffiths Achieving Goals

15-year-old Breanna added another national title to her name when she heaved the hammer out to an all-time best throw of 50.72m to claim the U16 Women’s title.

The two times Little Athletics State Discus Champion has won a multitude of medals and championships since transitioning over to the hammer throw discipline only a few seasons ago. The Prestons teenager said she was extremely proud of her latest achievement, which included cracking the 50m mark with the hammer for the first time in a competition

athletes thrive at national athletics championships - Breanna Griffths
U16 National Hammer Throw Champion – Breanna Griffiths

Also competing at the championships in the women’s U15 Hammer Throw event was fellow squad member Amelia Morgan. The 13-year-old youngster did us proud, claiming the Bronze Medal with a best of 40.08m. Amelia now has three national hammer throw medals to her name, including silver from the 2018 Australian Junior’s, and a Bronze from the 2018 Australia All Schools.

Amelia Morgan and Venita Mailei

Our squad Shot Put queen Venita Mailei added another medal to her collection when she claimed the Bronze in the U20 Women’s 4kg event with a best of 13.16m. It was her first national comp with the 4kg implement, falling just short of her personal best. Although she was slightly disappointed not to PB at the meet,  she can hold her head up high considering her hampered preparation in the lead-up due to unforeseen circumstances.

We would also like to give a special mention to our young male squad member Christopher Bugeja. Christopher, who recently had an extended stay in hospital due to a sudden illness, competed at his first national championships, placing 7th in the U14 Men’s Hammer Throw with a best of 28.83m.

Congratulations to all, Macarthur Throws Squad is proud of your awesome achievements!

Published on 10/04/2019
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