Field day for WA

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Ath­let­ics star Han­nah Tay­lor, 14, will rep­re­sent WA at the All Schools Cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide this week. The Bal­divis young­ster is set to com­pete in three field events.

Ath­let­ics young gun Han­nah Tay­lor is set to rep­re­sent WA this week, with the 14-year-old from Bal­divis set to com­pete in the All Schools Cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide.

Han­nah will fly to South Aus­tralia as she gets set to com­pete against na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in dis­cus, shot­put and javelin events.

Since first com­pet­ing in lit­tle ath­let­ics at the age of seven, the young­ster has climbed the ranks of the sport, win­ning medals in the WA Ath­letic State Cham­pi­onships for the past three years, as well as rep­re­sent­ing WA at the Australian Ju­nior Ath­letic Cham­pi­onship in Syd­ney in April.

Hav­ing qual­i­fied for the All Schools Cham­pi­onships in Oc­to­ber, the South Coast Bap­tist Col­lege stu­dent has set her sights high for the cham­pi­onships.

“I want to get per­sonal bests in ev­ery event,” she said. “My bet­ter events are shot­put and dis­cus — hope­fully I can have a chance of win­ning a medal.”

In prepa­ra­tion for the cham­pi­onships, Han­nah trains three times a week and com­petes twice — both with Rock­ing­ham Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club and at the Perth Ath­letic Sta­dium.

In ad­di­tion to her packed ath­let­ics sched­ule, the tal­ented ath­lete also plays soc­cer at SCBC, with school coach Adi Juric stat­ing her will to im­prove had rubbed off pos­i­tively on the rest of the team.

“Han­nah’s grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion shown on and off the pitch has been a rev­e­la­tion ever since her ar­rival at SCBC dur­ing the year,” Juric said.

Long-term, Han­nah said she har­boured dreams of one day be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional sportswoman.

“I def­i­nitely want to be a pro­fes­sional ath­lete but I don’t know if that will be football, ath­let­ics or some­thing else,” she said.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Han­nah Tay­lor

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