Rochelle Vidler takes out gold in junior championships
INTERNATIONAL prospect Rochelle Vidler displayed her tenacity as well as her immense promise in setting a meet record and winning two gold medals at the Australian Junior Championships.
The Ipswich and District Athletic Club thrower overcame an injury setback to show why her coach Mick Moore is helping her qualify for the 2017 World Youth Championships.
"She's very dedicated,'' Moore said.
That is highlighted by Vidler regularly competing against older athletes, using heavier weights. She turns 14 in a couple of weeks.
After being troubled by "hotspots'' in her back late last year, Vidler did a lot of physio and Moore adjusted her training program.
The Fernvale-based athlete was rewarded at recent state competitions before contesting the latest national junior event at Olympic Park in Sydney.
Vidler set a new meet record in winning the under-15 hammer throw. Her 46.76m throw was below her personal best of 50.06m, showing how much ability she has.
Vidler also won the under-15 discus (42.29m), with a massive personal best effort.
Level four coach Moore was delighted how well Vidler reacted in her age events after earlier competing against older athletes in the under-17 discus (she finished fifth in Australia) and under-20 hammer (13th).
"She did extremely well,'' Moore said.
"The 17 years, up an age comp, the day before really was good for her because she didn't throw extremely well that day.
"We tweaked a few things that we spotted and she came out the next day and threw that big PB so that was real pleasing when something like that happens.
"She's ended the season on a real high. When it all counted, it all came together.''
Vidler is also playing church soccer for St Catherine's this season. Moore believes the extra running in that sport helps her athletics.
The year nine Ipswich Girls' Grammar School student can now focus more on soccer while competing in school events.
Thirteen Ipswich and District Athletic Club competitors contested the Australian Junior Championships. Full club results review in sports notes.