Campbelltown Throwers Show Mettle
8 May 12 @ 01:49pm by Vera Bertola
A TALENTED group of throwers based out of Campbelltown are doing their coach proud following some outstanding results at the Australian Junior Athletic Championships at Sydney Athletic Centre.
Leading the way was under-18 hammer thrower Hayden Wilton who won his first-ever national gold medal with a distance of 61.23m with the (5kg) hammer.
Coach David Prior said the 17-year-old also competed in the under-20 hammer throw (6kg) and finished a noteworthy fifth place with a distance of 58.01m, smashing his personal best distance by almost four metres. “Hayden will now have two more years in the under-20s and will be hoping to achieve a world junior qualifier in 2014, which is currently 66.2m,” he said.
Under-17 hammer thrower Tania Fassolis also broke through for her first national medal. The teen won silver with a throw of 47.08m. She was beaten in the last round by just 8cm. Fassolis potential was quickly spotted, however, by Athletics Australia and she has been selected in the national under-17 development squad for hammer throw. “Tania and I will attend a national camp at the Australian Institute of Sport at the end of this month,” Prior said. “This is a great reward for Tania as her dedication and effort throughout the past season has been outstanding.
” Taylor-Jane Villis (under-18 hammer) capped off a good weekend for the Campbelltown group with a bronze medal (53.21m). Prior’s squad continued their good form at the NSW open championships in early April.