WHEN 13-year-old Myka Richards released her final javelin at the recent Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide, she knew she had just thrown a big one.
The Shelley resident had excelled in the competition’s heats, throwing herself into the under-14 girls javelin finals in a field that included a dozen of the best young athletes in her age group.
Given four throws in the final, Myka performed well in her first three attempts, managing to stick the javelin into the turf at a distance of 37.4m to have her hovering in the top half of the field.
But it was her final throw that elevated her into the top echelon.
Needing a big final effort, Myka launched a javelin that sailed a huge 40.51m, one of only two girls in the field to pass the 40m mark and enough to earn her a silver medal.
She said she was happy to walk away with a medal but believed she could have done better.
“My first three were average but luckily my fourth throw was a good one,” she said.
“I didn’t get a personal best so I could have done better, but I did get a medal so I was really happy with that because it was pretty nerve-wracking.
“I learnt that you need to enjoy the whole experience, the training and the build-up and when your competing you need to be relaxed and have fun.
“My coach Morgan Ward has taught me heaps and I cant wait to keep training with him and working towards the World Junior Athletics Championships when I am 17.”