MLT backs Peeters’ bid for Tokyo Olympics

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Throw by throw account... Top-level javelin thrower Tori Peeters, formerly of Gore, presents Mataura Licensing Trust board members with her silver competition singlet. Peeters spoke to board members last week about her eventful year, including a gruelling round of javelin events she tackled in her bid to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. She now has her sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Despite missing out on being included in the Commonwealth Games team for javelin, Tori Peeters has moved on and set her sights on the Olympics.

“I was absolutely gutted to have not made the New Zealand team for the Commonwealth Games, after what I would call a very successful season given the short space of time I had to perform. However, there are standards that need to be met, in which I fell short,” Peeters said.

“In the end I finished my season knowing that I had given everything I had, and left no stone unturned.”

Peeters had to throw 59m, but her best was 57m.

The 23-year-old Gore athlete, who has been living in Dunedin, spoke to Mataura Licensing Trust board members last week about her eventful year, which included a gruelling round of javelin events in her bid to qualify for the Commonwealth Games.

Peeters competed in 13 competitions in just over four months.

She won all the competitions with the exception of one, the Australian nationals where she was injured in the qualifying rounds.

“I reclaimed my national title, broke my New Zealand record a total of three times and despite not qualifying for the Commonwealth Games, finished my season placed fifth within the current Commonwealth rankings.”

Peeters decided to shift from her base in Dunedin to Hamilton.

“I’ve had to make some pretty tough decisions in the past few weeks, not only in regards to what is best for me as an athlete, but as the determined young Southland girl who is trying to stamp her mark within this big wide world, ultimately at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond.”

She will team up with New Zealand head javelin coach Debbie Strange, who coached Stuart Farquhar through several world championships, Olympic and Commonwealth game campaigns.

“I will train alongside Ben Burnell, the national champion.”

MLT board president Horace McAuley said the board was very proud of Peeters’ achievements.

The board supported her financially through continued grants. Since 2014, Peeters has received $35,000 from the trust.

MLT general manager Mark Paterson said she would also receive $10,000 for the next two years to help her with her Tokyo Olympics bid.

The board was keen to work with Peeters to enable her to qualify for the Olympics and bring home a gold medal.