Hammer time: can't beat it

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005 

KEARNS sisters Natalie and Melissa Prior were among the Macarthur stars at the Australian All Schools and Youth Athletics Championships.

Each brought home gold medals after superb performances in field events Natalie won both the under-17 and under-20 hammer throw. She smashed her own personal best against more senior throwers in the under-20s.. "In my own age group, the under-17, I threw 45 metres, which was a consistent throw for me," she said. "Then I went in the under-20. With my first throw I threw 47m - my original PB was 46.50m - then I threw 47m and then 49.64m which is my new PB." The under-20 age group, like the under-17 division, used a four-kilogram hammer so Natalie's huge throw couldn't be put down to anything but plain old hard work and good form. ' 'I'd been training quite well for the two weeks previous," she said. "I was just ready for a PB, and it happened at the right time.

"Younger sister Melissa also grabbed some gold. She won the under-14 discus and took silver in the hammer throw. "I've just been training for discus longer and have always excelled in discus," she said. The sisters are among a group of throwers that train at Camden Showground.