Jessie finds strength by hit­ting the sad­dle

Un­usual train­ing regime leads to na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Novem­ber

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT -

RID­ING horses bare­back can lead to a state dis­cus plac­ing.

That’s a fact Mulgildie’s Jessie Mo­scrop came up with, after an un­con­ven­tional train­ing pro­gram saw her throw 37.94m at the State Ath­letic Cham­pi­onships to fin­ish third in Queens­land last month.

“When you ride bare­back you have to hold on with your legs, and that re­ally helps to strengthen them,” Jessie said.

“I al­ways liked rid­ing, but we found it was mak­ing me much stronger.

“So now I try and ride a cou­ple of hours each week­end. It helps with bal­ance as well.”

After tak­ing out the third plac­ing, Jessie is off to na­tion­als in Tas­ma­nia on Novem­ber 26, where she will have the tricky task of bet­ter­ing her 8th na­tional rank­ing she man­aged last year.

“I think it was about three

Mark Mo­scrop Throw­ing fur­ther comes down to get­ting quicker in the spin, be­fore you re­lease the dis­cus.

years ago at lit­tle ath­let­ics that I no­ticed I had a nat­u­ral tal­ent for dis­cus,” Jessie said.

“I’ve trained ev­ery day, for about an hour or two, since Au­gust.

“It’s a very tech­ni­cal sport so you re­ally need lots of prac­tice to get bet­ter.”

Along with her bare­back rid­ing, Jessie’s train­ing ses­sions tend to in­clude sprint train­ing as well as throw­ing.

“The sprint­ing helps with your speed in the cir­cle,” Jessie said.

Along with be­ing her big­gest sup­porter, Jessie’s dad Mark is her coach.

“Throw­ing fur­ther comes down to get­ting quicker in the spin, be­fore you re­lease the dis­cus,” Mr Mo­scrop said.

“But the quicker you spin, the less ac­cu­rate you get. That can cause some prob­lems be­cause it is a foul if you step over the line, or you throw out­side the des­ig­nated area.”

Although Mr Mo­scrop said Jessie put pres­sure on her­self to im­prove, he thought she was cop­ing well with the stress.

“It’s an­noy­ing though that the kids aren’t al­lowed ear­phones at the sta­di­ums any­more. Lis­ten­ing to mu­sic used to be a good way to re­lax be­fore an event,” he said.

“But she was cho­sen to be Wide Bay team cap­tain out of 116 kids this year, and that meant read­ing the ath­letes’ oath out in front of about 3000 peo­ple.

“She was ner­vous but she did re­ally well.”

Ahead of Jessie’s trip to Tas­ma­nia next month, she is get­ting fort­nightly coach­ing ses­sions with Bund­aberg Com­mon­wealth Games dis­cus thrower Taryn Goll­shewsky.

“She’s re­ally down to earth and a big help when it comes to tech­nique,” Jessie said.

“That’s good be­cause my favourite thing about the sport is still hav­ing fun and meet­ing new peo­ple.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

ALL FO­CUS: After com­ing third in the state in dis­cus, Mulgildie's Jessie Mo­scrop will head to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Tas­ma­nia this Novem­ber.

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