On Layne to suc­cess

LO­CAL teenager Layne Dixon has not let cere­bral palsy stop her from be­com­ing an Aus­tralian record holder in not just one but two dis­ci­plines.

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HAM­MOND Park’s Layne Dixon loves ath­let­ics, specif­i­cally the throw­ing dis­ci­plines of javelin and shot put.

The 15-year-old ex­cels at both dis­ci­plines, rep­re­sent­ing WA at the 2017 Aus­tralian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships and hold­ing the Aus­tralian records for U20 seated shot put and U18 seated javelin, but it hasn’t been an easy road.

Born with cere­bral palsy, Layne has had to go the long way to be­come a bud­ding Aus­tralian cham­pion.

She first got in­volved with run­ning through the Abil­ity Cen­tre’s Xcel­er­ate pro­gram, even­tu­ally mov­ing on to be­ing a mem­ber of the North Beach Ath­let­ics Club.

From there she de­cided to hone her skills in shot put and javelin and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.

Her mother Amanda said there had been a no­tice­able im­prove­ment in Layne since start­ing ath­let­ics.

“The run­ning made a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to her both phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally, her speech got bet­ter, her posture got straighter and her school work im­proved im­mensely,” she said.

“Layne had no idea she would be com­pet­ing at a na­tional level, that ac­tu­ally came about very quickly.

“She first picked up a shot put in Novem­ber, in Fe­bru­ary she com­peted at a state level and five weeks later she was in Syd­ney com­pet­ing in Na­tion­als.” Her goal now is to com­pete at Par­a­lympics level.

Layne Dixon has not taken a back­ward step since start­ing com­pet­ing in throw­ing events.

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