Beaudesert has another superstar athlete in the making, with thrower Sarah Thorpe selected to compete for Australia at the upcoming Oceania Athletics Championships.
Thorpe and her Australian teammates will be on show in Suva, Fiji this June after Athletics Australia and Queensland Athletics today confirmed a team of more than 150 athletes for the 2017 edition of the competition.
Featuring able-bodied and para-athletes aged under 18, under 20 and open, the team will be the largest to compete in the green and gold this year, as Australia’s contingent takes on athletes from across the Pacific region for the title of Oceania champion.
Competition at the ANZ Stadium commences on June 28 and spans four days.
Thorpe is entered in her two favoured events, the shot put and hammer throw, competing against other under 20 athletes from around the Pacific.
At the recent Australian Athletic Championships in Sydney, Thorpe finished eighth in the open women’s shot put with a throw of 12.62 metres, then followed that performance up with a seventh placed finish in the under 20 shot put, improving her personal best to 12.99 metres.
In the Hammer Throw events at the same championships, the 18-year-old threw more than 40 metres in both the open womens and under 20 competitions.
Speaking to Beaudesert Times after the national championships, the Griffith University student said she had long targeted the Oceania titles to make her first national team.
“I’ve been making a lot of progress with my coach Des (Davis) and have been trying to be consistent with my training so I can improve,” Thorpe said.
The Oceania Athletics Championships is a biennial competition that welcomes athletes from national federations of the Oceania Athletics Association.
At the 2015 Oceania Athletics Championships, held in Cairns, Australia won 12 gold medals to sit atop the open medal tally.