Taste of gold for Isabel

Isabel Daines won gold in javelin and relay at the national athletic championships.Picture: Emma Goodwin         d434931
Isabel Daines won gold in javelin and relay at the national athletic championships.Picture: Emma Goodwin         d434931

The Year 8 Sacred Heart College student returned to school last term with gold medals in javelin and the 4×100 team relay.

�Just finding out I could qualify was really exciting, at first we decided against it because I didn�t think I was up to the standard of everyone else,� she said.

�Then my friend convinced me to go for the experience.�

Not even bad weather conditions and fierce competition stood in her way.

�I honestly couldn�t believe it (winning gold), a lot of the girls were bigger and stronger than me.�

�We had a full head wind and it came down to technique in the end.�

She threw 34.96m, 3m shy of her personal best.

The Joondalup Little Athletics competitor trains six times a week with dreams of qualifying for the Olympics.

�I am not a very confident person, I usually second guess myself,� she said.

�Winning this has opened more doors for the future.�

She named her mother and father and Cathy Freeman as her inspiration but has become a role model herself for brother Noah (8) who qualified for the hurdles state championship competition.