Throw Beats Long-Standing Record

Tay U11 Record macarthur chronicle campbelltown

By Vera Bertola

YOUNG discus thrower Taylor McNamara set herself a goal at the start of the Little Athletics season to see if she could near, or break, the Ingleburn club's 27-year-old under-11 girls' discus record. And to her delight and that of coach David Prior and her parents, the youngster smashed the record - on her final throw on the last night of competition for the season.

Prior enjoys retelling Taylor's progress and determination during the year. “It's just a wonderful little story and why I love coaching at any level,” he said.

“Taylor joined my throws squad about six months ago and at the time she had a personal best with the discus of around 17m. Taylor's mother Natalie told me about Ingleburn's long-standing under-11 discus record of 24.84m that was set in 1984. She asked me if I thought Taylor had any chance of getting near the distance before the end of the season. I said that anything was possible if the athlete had a positive attitude, desire to improve and a willingness to learn.

” Prior and Taylor set the record as one of her goals. Natalie said poor weather almost thwarted the bid but it was a “huge moment” when Taylor threw 26.09m on her final throw to smash the record. “So many times she'd been so close. It was an amazing thing when she did it.”