Sarah Thorpe takes home bronze from Oceania Area Athletics Championships

Beaudesert hammer and shot put thrower won two bronze medals from an international competition. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

Beaudesert hammer and shot put thrower won two bronze medals from an international competition. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

SHE may have started as a one shot wonder but Sarah Thorpe has stepped up her game since training, earning herself bronze medals at the Oceania Area Athletics Championships.

The Beaudesert local was among more than one hundred Australians who were selected to compete in Suva in Fiji last month.

Thorpe placed third in shot put with a throw of 13.01 metres and hammer throw with a 44.40 metre result, improving her both her personal best results.

While she trains six days a week to hone her skills, Ms Thorpe’s mother Rhonda said much of her talent was natural.

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She was dubbed as a one shot wonder by her family when she first began competing for Beaudesert and District Little Athletics, making it to state competitions without any training.

However, her growing love for sports soon saw her wanting to practise more.

Thorpe said she credited her coach Des Davis and her training for her success at the  Oceania Area Athletics Championships.

She said she was overwhelmed by the pressure of competing in a large competition but hoped her hard work would prevail.

“I was caught up in the moment but I knew I would be okay because of all the training I had done,” Thorpe said.

“I was a bit nervous because New Zealand and Caledonia were good throwers and I stepped off thinking I didn’t place (in shot put).”

On the other side of the spectrum, the thrower said she was more confident competing in hammer throw.

“I kept improving in the rounds, my meterage kept getting better, so I knew I did really well,” she said.

Thorpe said she was proud to have represented the country and it had been a dream of hers to be in the green and gold uniform.

“I set a goal two years ago when my coach was telling me about his trip to the championships and I decided I wanted to compete in the competition,” she said.

Thorpe also competed at the Australian Athletic Championships in Sydney, finishing eighth in the open women’s shot put and seventh placed finish in the under 20 shot put.

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