March 22, 2016
Athlete Blog

Catchup with Kaela

Earlier in the month, we caught up with OVA athlete Kaela Beechey, who emerged on the throwing scene this year.

One doesn't need to look any further than the recent Tasmanian Junior Championships to see how well Kaela has developed into one of Tasmania's best javelin throwers. During this competition, Kaela threw the javelin 40.27m - taking out first place in the U18 javelin throw, as well as an U16 record for the athlete competing out of age, an U17 national qualifier - but also the first time that the 500g javelin had been sent over the 40m mark by a female in the state.

"Honesty, I didn't think I was going to able to throw 40m this season," Kaela said to during our OVA catchup. "I had a consistent season which was good, but it was also frustrating at the same time because all I wanted was to get that big throw out!"

"I went up to Launceston a few times after, and threw 38m which I was happy with, and these were great competitions. I'd only thrown twice since the Tasmanian Aged Champs, but it was always the plan to ease up before Nationals (2016 Australian Juniors in Perth)".

"I'd love to throw a PB but will be happy with anything between 38-40+ metres".

Kaela went on to throw an awesome 38.79m in Perth, where she claimed an incredibly respectable 8th place in a tough field. Many of the athletes Kaela competed against and is no doubt friends with are mostly around the same mark as Kaela, which provides a great springboard for these girls in their development and will prove some exciting viewing in the upcoming track and field season.

The OVA Southern Saints wish to congratulate Kaela on all her achievements this season, including her progressive state and club records (which we hear has kept the OVA record keeper, who is also Kaela's dad, on his toes!). We're also excited to watch Kaela on the throwing runways next season #goOVA

Photos: Supplied by Kaela

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