Renee Hardy won the gold in the hammer throw at the 2018 Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in Cairns, held from December 7 to 9.
Hardy’s top throw of 54.16 metres put her way ahead of her competition, as both second and third came in at 51 metres.
Renee’s mother Christi said, “this was especially impressive considering that the few weeks leading into the competition she had dealt with a torn hamstring and had fouled out of two competitions.”
Renee has competed in Athletics since she was four years old, “first joining to help with her balance and coordination as she is visually impaired,” said Christi.
She was a successful race walker but also found enjoyment in discus and shot put.
After some ongoing knee issues, Renee made the decision to give up race walking and concentrate on throwing. She has found nothing but success since then.
“Renee started Hammer throw four years ago for a bit of fun, and has won six state Hammer throw titles in a row,” said Christi.
In March 2018 she won her first medal in hammer throw when she came second at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney.
She participates in other throwing events, and she won gold in shot put last year at the NSW Combined High Schools Championships.
Christi said, “this has made her [Renee] giving up race walking a little easier.”