Arielle hammers the competition

6 July 2023|Community News, Sport| Off Comments off on Arielle hammers the competition|

Glenorchy sports person of the year Arielle Cannell made a big impression at the recent Australian Junior Track and Field Championships in Brisbane, setting a new state hammer throw record and winning in multiple age categories.

Arielle won the under 16 hammer competition with a throw of 58.87 metres – more than nine metres further than second place and a new Tasmanian record.

She then stepped up to the under 18s and won again, with a new personal best of 60.95 metres.

“Everything fell into place on that one throw and throughout the entire competition, I was very happy with my result and so were my coaches, family and friends,” Arielle said.

Arielle’s trainer Rachel Hosie is confident that she has a future superstar on her hands, and is certain her protege’s achievements in Brisbane are just the beginning of a stellar career.

Arielle, who also claimed a silver medal in the under 16 discus throw in Brisbane, first started training for discus with Rachel’s dad. But when Rachel took over as the Tasmanian Athletics hammer throw coach, she saw potential in Arielle.

“Arielle is the fourth Australian winner in hammer throw in history to throw more than 60 metres,” Rachel said.

“The one ahead of her is the Australian record holder for under 18s, and Arielle is only 15.

“She’s incredible, really easy to coach and very humble competitor.”

Arielle is now looking forward to an important period in her career, with some big national and international competitions on the horizon.

“I want to compete at the 2032 Olympics Games in Brisbane, that’s the big one,” she said.

“I have a few more competitions before then including the Oceania Championships, Junior Championships in Adelaide and Commonwealth Games in Ballarat.

“I am happy with my achievements so far, but I’m excited for what the future holds.”

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