About Me

Ready to launch

Everyone says I'm a late bloomer. I only started throwing when I was 17 but it wasn't until I turned 22 that I really started throwing a long way.

I surprised everyone when I qualified for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 after battling an elbow injury in the lead up. 

Then at the Games I even surprised myself with a Bronze medal. Well, in a way I was always sure I could throw a long way but at the Games everything just started coming together. And that's when I really felt like I had became a javelin thrower. I started travelling the world doing what I love.

In 2015, I was based in Europe for the summer, competing in some of the biggest meets on the circuit in the lead-up to the World Championships in China.  In Beijing I threw just over 60m but didn't make the final. 

Then at the start of 2016 I hurt my back and the road to Rio was tough. After months of rehab and treatment I eventually got there, and I finally became an Olympian. I didn't throw my best but was proud to represent Australia and I finished 28th.

I vowed to redeem myself and in 2017 I won my first Australian title and qualified for the World Championships in London and so it was off to Europe again.

Just after I arrived, I threw a personal best at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland. They love the javelin in that part of the world, so that was extra special for me to throw my best in front of a whole bunch of javelin fans.

Because of that throw I got invited to the big Diamond League meets like Lausanne and London where I again threw personal bests. 

Competing at the London World Championships was the first time I really thought I belonged at the top. I came 10th in the final, holding my own with the best women in the world.

But I really want more than just hold my own. I really want to be the best. I want to win at the big meets.

After London I threw another personal best, this time at the Diamond League Final in Zurich to come 2nd. All-Athletics.com ranked me 4th in the world and number one in the Commonwealth. It was a great way to end the season and gave me a taste for throwing even further in 2018.

So my next target is the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games here at home. It will be tough though. My teammate Kathryn Mitchell is one of the best in the world.

But I love competing and I love throwing against the best.  You need to throw against the best to be the best. That's what I want. To be the best. I'm ready to launch.

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Achievements

2014

Bronze Medallist, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow Scotland

2015

Australian Team, Bejing World Championships

2016

Australian Team, Rio Olympic Games

2017

Australian Champion

Australian Team, London World Championships

2018

Silver Medallist, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia

Stats and results

My best throw of 64.57m was set in Brisbane at the Queensland Track Classic on 28 March 2018

IAAF Profile | Athletics Australia