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.

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By KRISTIE LIM

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.”

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d465373

Kim Mickle play­ing for the Fre­man­tle Dock­ers.

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