At the age of six I started with the Hamersley Little athletics club and loved it straight away! I could always throw a cricket ball further than any of the boys at my school so I always loved the chucking events! I dabbled in every other sport I could get into; netball, basketball, swimming, surfing, cricket, squash and even made the WA team for soccer, but never had the same passion compared to athletics! The “it’s all up to you” individual event factor is what I love, knowing I would put 110% into everything and only having to rely on myself.
I began competing at 13, and one particular event stands out. A well-known coach at the time approached me to tell me I had a great arm on me but I would NEVER make it in the senior rankings because I was too small to be a javelin thrower. To this day I thrive off that conversation!
2001: World Youth U18 Championships in Hungary To make the Australian team qualifying distance was 47m and my personal best was 46m. I ended up throwing 47.50m, just qualifying, and giving no one any high expectations. At those championships I won one out of the four golds, with a throw of 51.83m, being the first thrower to ever with gold for Australia.
2002: World Junior U20 Championships I went in as the favourite to win, as well as with an ankle injury. I made a bad decision to compete with the aid of painkillers, resulting in a wonky plant, blowing my ulna collateral ligament, tearing my tendons off and damaging my nerve. After visiting a few surgeons I chose the one that gave me the highest chance of recovery, 50/50. Three years and two elbow reconstructions later, I was ready to start throwing.
2006: Commonwealth Games My first senior competition, with only 1 ½ years of actual javelin throwing post surgery, still managing to place forth with a 58.18m throw.
2007: Stress Fractures I went to Europe with my coach and training partner, but ended up with three stress fractures, inhibiting my training. These were due to poor technique, which has now been sorted.
2008: The Turning Point My dream to make it to the Olympics was at arms reach. I threw a 2 “b” qualifiers, but wasn’t selected. At that point I knew I needed to be a full time athlete to give the dream 100%.
2009: Open World Championships Ending up in the world top 10, I was consistently throwing over 60m every time.
2010: Delhi Commonwealth Games Throwing over 61m in hot and unfamiliar conditions, I won silver to one of the world top three.
2011: World Championships, Korea Going in I was in incredible shape, throwing so well I actually decided to ‘back off’ wanting to ‘save myself’ for the final. I qualified, but pinched a nerve in my back, causing a spasm and not being able to bend, sit, walk or move! The physios couldn’t help so we decided to strap my back and just have a go. Finishing in the top eight would qualify for the 2012 Olympics, which I was desperate for. My first three throws weren’t great, and I was only just in the top eight. I didn’t want to get knocked out so on the forth throw, I adopted a cricket style throw, causing me to brake my 11th rib! Funny feeling after that though, I knew I couldn’t hurt myself anymore, which almost relaxed me. My fifth and sixth throws were my best and ended up with a sixth position and an automatic selection for the Olympics! I ended up having a broken 11th rib and 7cm of oblique torn off my ribs.
2012: Rehab & Missing Out Feeling in good condition after plenty of rehab, the only thing letting me down was consistency, although very confident leading into London, with a personal best of 64m. I dropped some massive throws in the warm up, going into the first qualifying pool, keeping me pretty confident. First throw I hit the point too high and it went 59m. Second throw I over corrected and missed the point too low. It hadn’t crossed my mind that I wouldn’t make it, so when I missed my third throw I was crushed.
2013: Sports Psych Feeling more motivated than ever I was pushing harder to improve my form. We added some new people to our ‘team’, on of which was Brian Miller, a sport psych who taught me how to not only prepare your body, but to prepare your mind. This lead to the best Diamond League season with two seconds and two thirds and finished off the year as third in the World Overall and with the most important one of all... Second at the World Champs with a 66.6m throw!
2014: Motivation continues… My Australian domestic season was AMAZING! I wrote down my goal for the entire year, which was to throw an average of 61/62m in the domestic season and then to throw the Australian record and win the Commonwealth Games. My domestic season average ended up being 65.15m and I broke the 14-year-old Australian record in Melbourne! My life time goal achieved and it's only the beginning of the year... I have competed in one Diamond league where I threw 65.36m for second place but still hold the number one ranking in the world with my 66.83m Australian record throw.