It's a throwing party at Maclean
UNDER the watchful eye of Maclean athletics coach Tom Hancock, four field athletes are throwing their way to the top.
Elizabeth Hyne (javelin), Alyssa Luland (discus, javelin), Rhiannah Woods (discus, shot put) and Adrian Basso (discus) all train three days per week at Wherrett Park, perfecting the throwing disciplines.
All four are preparing for the NSW CHS Athletics Championships on September 3-5 having qualified in their various events at the recent North Coast CHS titles at Coffs Harbour.
While each has their own preference between the discus, javelin and shot put, Hancock stressed the importance of staying on top of each discipline.
"I make sure all the kids do the three events," Hancock said.
"Things can change. Someone could improve rapidly in an event they didn't do well at all when they started off. It's much better if they do several and it improves their education."
Hancock said lots of stretching and flexibility drills were the key for throwing events.
Hyne, Luland and Woods all attend Maclean High School, which had a total of nine athletes qualify for the NSW CHS Championships.
Basso is in Year 12 at Richmond River High and travels from Lismore to receive Hancock's tuition.
"He is six foot eight and 130 kilos. He's a big guy," Hancock said.
"He won the discus by 10 metres with a throw of 39.03. By the time we go down I think he'll probably throw over 40.
"Lizzy Hyne throws over 30 in the javelin. They all did well to throw into a place.
"They've all competed at state before, except Rhiannah, who is just coming into her first comp.
"It's very tough down in Sydney, up against about 30 people it's very hard to make the last eight."
Hancock is a champion athlete in his own right and returned from the Australian Masters Athletics Championships earlier this year with two gold and five silver medals.
His gold medals came in discus and javelin.
Qualified for NSW CHS Athletics Sept 3-5
Josh Bridges 13M, 2nd long jump; Stacey Brown 13F, 2nd discus; Elizabeth Hyne 15F, 1st javelin; Alyssa Luland 14F, 1st discus, 2nd javelin 26.59m; Crystal Piper 16F, 2nd 1500m; William Porter 16M, 1st triple jump, 1st 110m hurdles, 2nd high jump; Kelsey Sheehan 15F, 1st 800m, 1st 1500m, 2nd 3000m; Luke Wright 14M, 3rd 100m; Rhiannah Woods 12F, 2nd discus, 3rd shot put