Brad and Laura Herbert recently competed at the Youth and Junior Nationals athletics championships in the sport of hammer throwing.Forbes’ location is a tyrant, but it hasn’t stopped two of our young athletes from competing at a national level.
Earlier this month Brad and Laura Herbert travelled to Sydney to compete in the Youth and Juniors Nationals, where the sibling-duo threw hammers along side some of Australia’s toughest junior competitors.
Although hammer throwing is an individual sport, Marj Herbert said yesterday getting her children ready for competing at a national event is a family-team effort.
“They have done really, really well considering they do most of their training at home,” Marj said.
“All these other children live in Sydney, Hobart and other places where they train six out of seven days per week at least.”
Marj said either she or husband Neil drive the children to Sydney every three weeks to visit their coaches – two of Australia’s hammer throw legends – Karen Di Marko and Breanne Clement.
“Karen and Brea were ecstatic [about Brad and Laura’s results]… they said the odds were stacked against them and they did well despite the adversity,” Marj said.
As proof of their hammer throwing prowess, on Saturday, March 17 Laura placed sixth in the under 20s girls 4kg hammer throw with a new personal best of 46.40 metres, smashing her previous best of 42.42 metres.
“That’s a huge improvement,” Marj said.
Marj said yesterday that on Sunday, March 18 Laura placed fourth again with a 49.94 metre throw in the 3kg u18s girls hammer throw.
She said to do two events at that level within two days is an achievement in itself.
“It’s different to change the way you throw… to throw an extra kilogram,” Marj said.
Brad also placed well in his event, arriving on Wednesday in Sydney for training before throwing 49.31 metres in the u16s boys 4kg hammer throw event on Thursday, March 15.
Marj said the children represented themselves, not their schools, at the national competition as they were required to register themselves before going to the event.
“It’s easier to support children who are committed to what they’re doing,” Marj said.
Proud of her children’s commitment, Marj says the Herbert family-team will continue to travel great distances, sometimes more than once per month to see their legendary coaches.
She said while Brad and Laura do a good job of training at home as much as possible, they will soon commence making videos for their coaches to watch from Sydney.
“So we can fine tune everything… hammer throwing is an extremely technical event and if you don’t have it right then you won’t improve,” Marj said.
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