KIM MICKLE REFLECTS ON AWARDWINNING YEAR
JAVELIN thrower and Fremantle Football Club player Kim Mickle featured on the front of Western Suburbs Weekly in March 2009 - a year she labels as the “biggest year” of her career.
IN March 2009, Mickle made her breakthrough when she broke the state record with a throw of 63.49m at the last official meet at Perry Lakes Athletics Stadium in Floreat.
The stadium was demolished for housing and the $30 million WA Athletics Stadium was built as a replacement.
Mickle said she remembered how impressed she was with the WA Athletics Stadium when it first opened.
“Where the old stadium is, is now all redevelopment with houses so it is bizarre to drive through every now and again and picture what it used to be like,” she said.
“Now, it is all brand new and shiny because the old track (at Perry Lakes) was pretty old and worn. It’s a good track that makes you want to turn up to training.”
The 32-year-old said the stadium brought major competitions to WA over the years.
“We have had some great international athletes come over and compete there where they would not have probably done with the old facility,” she said.
“The whole area has been rebooted – there are the Western Force, Perth Glory and Perth
Wildcats so it is like the sports hub of WA now.”
Mickle said her photo on the front of Western Suburbs Weekly eight years ago represented the beginning of more success after she recorded her biggest jump in personal best throws.
Since 2009, Mickle went on to win a 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medal, a World Championships gold and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal as well as competing at the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics.
But in the past two years, she had been struck down with two shoulder injuries and an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury during her first professional AFLW match last month.
“I had the hybrid, double-bundle surgery three weeks ago.
“I’m aiming for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Javelin is definitely now my priority.”
Kim Mickle playing for the Fremantle Dockers.