Kim throws in a swing for Rio

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Work Place - By DENISE S. CAHILL

OLYMPIC javelin thrown and Scar­bor­ough res­i­dent Kim Mickle can of­ten be found on a golf course on her one day off a week.

The 31-year-old, who in April se­cured her spot in Aus­tralia’s Olympic team head­ing to Rio de Janeiro, said she started “muck­ing around” play­ing golf a few years ago with friends.

The first ball Mickle hit at the Wem­b­ley Golf Course Swing Driv­ing Range dur­ing the photo shoot with the Stir­ling Times hooked right, but the sec­ond was straight down the mid­dle… and far.

“You hit 99 shots that are ter­ri­ble and then one good one and that makes you come back so I got the bug straight away,” the WA In­sti­tute of Sport ath­lete said.

“I got re­ally in to it last year be­fore I did my shoul­der and I’m just start­ing to get back in to it now.

“It’s so­cial for me… it’s not like it’s my Olympic games so I don’t take it so se­ri­ous.”

Mickle, who made her Olympic de­but in Lon­don four years ago, suf­fered a se­ri­ous shoul­der in­jury and had a re­con­struc­tion nine months ago.

“It’s a 12-month re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram and Rio is 11 months in so we are down a month but I’m way ahead of where peo­ple are usu­ally with it so it’s just a mat­ter of time,” she said.

While Mickle is con­fi­dent she will be fit for Rio, she said she would not com­pete if she was not 100 per cent fit.

“I won’t com­pete if I don’t feel like I’m go­ing to be up there with the big girls,” she said.

“I’m not there to make up num­bers, I’m there to get a medal.”

But Mickle says she is in the best shape of her ca­reer.

“The shoul­der’s go­ing to take time so I’m work­ing on ev­ery other as­pect of my train­ing,” she said.

“I’m in the gym, I’m on track with ev­ery­thing I’m do­ing to make sure I’m ahead of ev­ery other girl in women’s javelin.

“I’m in bed at 8.30pm on a Satur­day night but I love wak­ing up in the morn­ing and go­ing to train­ing.

“The life of Kim is eat, sleep and train.”

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d455330

Olympic javelin thrower Kim Mickle is con­fi­dent she will be fit in time for Rio.

Kim Mickle is now a keen golfer.

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