Brandy fol­lows in Va­lerie Adams’ foot­steps

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Shot put and dis­cus cham­pion Brandy Collins achieved a no­table mile­stone at the Welling­ton ath­let­ics cham­pi­onships this month.

The Ti­tahi Bay Ath­let­ics club mem­ber throws in the Ath­letes with Dis­abil­ity cat­e­gory – she has a Global Learn­ing Dis­abil­ity.

But this month the 16-year-old won the un­der-18 dis­cus ti­tle with a per­sonal best throw of 25.81m. She was run­ner-up in the shot put. In both events she was com­pet­ing against able-bod­ied throw­ers.

‘‘I was very happy I was the gold medal­list – and my fam­ily was happy too,’’ she said.

Brandy started throw­ing in 2014 at Bishop Viard Col­lege, where her phys­i­cal education teacher recog­nised her tal­ent.

At that year’s North Is­land champs she broke shot put – 7.31m – and dis­cus – 17.18m – records in the ath­letes with a dis­abil­ity cat­e­gory.

Brandy was a fi­nal­ist in the Col­lege Sport Welling­ton awards last year and was also the Bishop Viard Col­lege Sportswoman of the Year.

One goal for Brandy is to make the Spe­cial Olympics in 2020.

Her sports hero is dou­ble Olympic gold medal­list shot put­ter Va­lerie Adams.

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

This year Brandy is at­tend­ing Whi­tireia Polytech.

PHOTO: JO MUR­RAY

Cham­pion ath­lete Brandy Collins with her coach, Shaka Sola, at the Welling­ton cham­pi­onships.

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