Hammering for Gold

Hammering Gold macarthur chronicle campbelltown

Evin Priest

Macarthur region hammer throwers brought home gold after three Campbelltown collegians athletes dominated the NSW junior championships last month.

Leumeah's Hayden Wilton, 17, won gold in the under-20 men's (6kg) with a distance of 58.59m and Taylor-Jane Villis, 17, also took the gold in the under-20 women's (4kg) event with a distance of 49.15m.

Campbelltown collegians Coach David Prior said Wilton and Villis had to overcome significant injuries to compete. ``Hayden had a medical problem as he started pre-season training and had to have a few months off``, he said. ``He lost a fair bit of strength and conditioning, but it was inspiring to see him overcome adversity and win gold.``

Prior said Villis had also trained through back and foot injuries which nearly prevented her from competing.

With no under-15s division at state level, Glenfield teenager Taylor McNamara, 13, competed in the under-16s in her first hammer throw and won silver with a huge throw of 39.44m.

All three athletes qualified for the Athletics Australia's junior national championships in Perth next week.

McNamara also dominated the under-13s events at the recent Little Athletics regional carnival at Campbelltown Athletics Track, throwing 9.65m in shot-put and 37.73m in discus on her way to two silver medals and qualification for the state championships.