Melissa's Hammer Gold Medal

Mel 2006 macarthur chronicle campbelltown

15/12/2008, By Vera Bertola

YEAR 12 student Melissa Hilder finally claimed what she has been dreaming about for years - her first Australian title - at the Pacific Schools Games in Canberra two weeks ago. The hammer thrower kept her cool to win the 18/19 years event with a season-best 45.56m.

Hilder’s determination, after a difficult season of personal setbacks, set the example for an exceptional meet for Coach David Prior’s 11-man throwing team. The athletes returned from the games with one gold medal, five silver and a bronze, Prior wrapt by the effort. “I don’t know if words can really describe the feeling; I am just so proud of these kids after their outstanding performances at the games, which doubled as the Australian All Schools Championships,” he said.

The youngest member of the team, Teale Vella, 11, kicked off the meet with a bronze and PB (12.13m) in the 11 years girls’ shot put.

Other results were: Monique Pieplenbosch, 14, secured silver (37.56m) in the 14 years hammer event. Vivian Wilton broke the games record and set a PB in the 15 years hammer (40.95m) to win silver behind a New Zealander. Antonio Inzitari threw a PB (43.69m) in the 14 years hammer throw for fifth place and won silver in the discus (54.31).Abby Moroney, 13, threw a PB (40.36m) and broke the PSG record on her way to winning the silver medal in the 14 years discus. The distance was also an under-20 national qualifier. Edward Pickering set a PB (44.23m) in the 13 years discus. Nicole Fassolis was seventh in the 16 years discus with a PB of 39.19m. Melissa Prior was ninth but fought back in the 16 years hammer to smash the games record, setting a new PB and winning the silver medal with a distance of (47.73m).