Arielle Cannell throws down the hammer

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YOUNG Glenorchy local Arielle Cannell has only been doing hammer throw for about a year, but has already had some outstanding results.

Arielle, now 13 years old, broke the Athletics Tasmania record for under 14 when she was 12 by throwing 49.14 metres – three metres further than the previous record.

Although there is not a recorded Australian record for this event, it is the furthest a 12-year-old in Australia has thrown the hammer on record.

Arielle said she was ecstatic to hold the current record for her age group.

“I couldn’t stop smiling, it was so much fun,” she said.

Arielle is a third generation member of the Eastern Suburbs Athletics Club and said she was enjoying competing in the hammer throw.

“Roger Hosie, my discus and shotput coach, said that I was a good build for a hammer thrower, so I decided one day to go in there with his daughter, Rachel Hosie, to coach me and it ended up sticking with me,” she said.

“I have a wonderful coach, and I enjoy the tips she gives me and having a laugh.

“I enjoy learning new things about it and making new techniques with it, as well as just enjoying the environment with all the other people who throw hammer.”

Arielle has also been doing discus and shotput since she was in under six and recently broke an Athletics Tasmania record in the under 13 discus with a throw just over 32 metres.

“I want to become a good sports woman and a good person,” she said.

“My goal is to hopefully break the Australian record for hammer throw one day.”

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