Zoe dominates field in shot put title at Australian comp
LOCAL athletics coach Brett Richards wasn't surprised at all.
While those watching on were in awe of his trooper Zoe Henare's ability, it was nothing new for the North Rockhampton-based athletics mentor.
Henare dominated the field at the recent Australian Primary School Athletics Championships at Brisbane's QEII Athletics centre, winning gold in the 12 year girls shot put.
It was back-to-back Australian titles for The Heights College Year 7 student.
Richards said bad weather on the weekend couldn't postpone the inevitable.
"A storm delayed the start of the titles and the slippery conditions made Zoe and most of the other competitors throw a little off their best, but Zoe still beat second place by 91cm," Richards said.
"For those who are not sure about shot put distances, this is the equivalent percentage of someone winning the Australian 100m titles by eight metres."
Henare won the 12 year girls shot put with a heave of 11.82m while fellow Capricornia and Queensland competitor Erica Hamilton claimed silver with an effort of 10.91m.
Hamilton finished 64cm ahead of bronze medallist Amber Ross (10.27m) from Victoria.
In 2012, Henare won the national title by 35cm; she's now extended her winning margin to 91cm against Australia's best and has now been undefeated during the past two years.
Along with her gold medal in the shot put, Henare added a silver medal in the discus to her ever-growing collection.
She finished a massive 6.25m behind fellow Queenslander Rochelle Vidler, who broke the 12 year girls record by 45cm with her 44.74m throw.
Richards said the silver medal was an outstanding achievement given Henare only took up the event earlier in the year. Richards said Henare would be adding the javelin and hammer throw field events to her schedule next year.
"She hopes to be competitive at these in the highest level of competition and we look forward to seeing how she goes in these," he said.