Teen keeps break­ing records


As she starts a new year at Bishop Viard Col­lege, Brandy Collins is de­ter­mined to make it to the top of her game.

The 16-year-old was recog­nised again as a fi­nal­ist in the Col­lege Sport Welling­ton awards at the end of last year and was also named sportswoman of the year at her school.

Collins, a Ti­tahi Bay ath­let­ics club mem­ber, com­petes in the dis­abled cat­e­gory in the shot put and dis­cus.

She has global learn­ing dis­abil­ity, which means her learn­ing ca­pa­bil­ity is lower than that of her fel­low stu­dents. But that does not limit her abil­ity in her sport. Collins threw 10.31m in the shot put and the 25.26m in dis­cus for two more golds at the New

‘‘ I’m go­ing to fol­low in [Va­lerie Adams’] foot­steps and rep­re­sent New Zealand one day. I want to beat her [dis­tances]!’’

Zealand sec­ondary school champs in Ti­maru in De­cem­ber. The re­cent recog­ni­tion and two gold medals mean a lot to Collins. Her mother, Teresa, is equally as happy.

Teresa Collins said she felt very proud when her daugh­ter’s name was called out at the awards.

‘‘I was over­whelmed with joy when she achieved what she did,’’ she said.

‘‘There are times where her throws aren’t counted and the red flag is raised, but it makes her more de­ter­mined to im­prove next time.’’

The Viard Col­lege ath­lete in­tends con­tin­u­ing to work to­wards her goal of at­tend­ing the Spe­cial Olympics in 2020.

In the week­ends her per­sonal train­ing in­cludes head­ing down to a nearby park to prac­tise her throw­ing.

With Va­lerie Adams to look up to, Collins has big goals.

‘‘She’s one of my idols. I’m go­ing to fol­low in her foot­steps and rep­re­sent New Zealand one day. I want to beat her [dis­tances]!’’ she said.

Brandy first rep­re­sented her school at the North Is­land sec­ondary school champs in 2014, break­ing records for the shot put and dis­cus in the ath­letes with a dis­abil­ity cat­e­gory. Her win­ning throws were 7.31m in the shot put and 17.18m in the dis­cus.

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