Prior Commitment to Discus

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MELISSA Prior has her sights set on the Olympic Games - and by all accounts, it's a realistic goal.

The 14-year-old from Kearns was last year's Australian under-14s discus champion and runner-up in the under-15s hammer throw.

She is part of the South West Sydney Academy of Sport, is a NSW Institute of Sport emerging athlete - and is this week's Macarthur Chronicle Junior Sports Star winner.

In February Prior won gold and two silvers at the NSW State Championships and in March she won gold in the discus at the NSW Little Athletics State Championships. She has already qualified for this year's Australian All Schools competition.

Discus is Prior's focus, closely followed by shot put and hammer throw. "Discus is the event I really like," she said. "I'm currently in my fourth season and it's going well."If I can be good at all three it is a bonus." Prior is part of the Eschol Park Little Athletics Club and Campbelltown UWS Collegians Athletics Club.

"I hope that I do make the Olympics. It would be really good," Prior said.

The Junior Sports Star of the Year will receive $500 from the Chronicle and $500 from Furniture Warehouse. The award is open to all sports people aged 10 to 16 at the time of nomination who go to school or live in the area.