Silver success, personal best for Mikairi at champs

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‘They’ve both been great: Murray really helped me with adapting to the conditions and my run-up while Raelene helped me focus on the technical side and throwing.’

Silver success and a personal best in her first year at a senior level has capped off a stellar year for javelin thrower Mikairi Beauchamp-Moore.

Mikairi (16), of Tapanui, came second in the senior girls’ javelin at the New Zealand Secondary School Championships in Dunedin last Friday with a personal best throw of 40.65m.

Her previous personal best, 36.44m, was set at the same national event last year, but in the junior division.

Mikairi was rapt to have taken out second place in the senior category.

“I’m quite happy about it – it was pretty special,” she said.

A strong headwind almost threatened to ruin her success, but Mikairi was up the the challenge.

“There was a really strong wind that was making some throws go all over the place, but I was lucky that my coach had been taking me out in all kinds of weather and practising in headwinds.”

Her coaches Murray Speden (Gore) and Raelene Bates (Dunedin) had helped develop her performance.

“They’ve both been great – Murray really helped me with adapting to the conditions and my run-up, while Raelene helped me focus on the technical side and throwing,” she said.

The young athlete took competing at senior level in her stride.

“It was a lot harder than the junior level – at juniors, most of them are throwing between 25-30m .. so it’s a big jump between the grades.”

Last year, Mikairi also came second in the junior javelin section at the national event.

She plans to return to school athletics at Blue Mountain College next year before competing in Otago, South Island and national championships again.