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.