Gollshewsky chasing seventh title
GOLDEN girl Taryn Gollshewsky has joined an elite group of athletes who have won a state title in one event seven years in a row.
The 17-year-old won the under-18 girls' discus at the Queensland Athletics State Championships at QEII Stadium, continuing an amazing winning streak which she started in under-12.
Her proud Bundaberg Athletic Club coach and former world-ranked junior Les Kuorikoski has hailed her achievement and her strength and fierce determination in keeping beating off every challenger to her crown.
“Taryn is just so focused, and she also has a great work ethic,” Kuorikoski said.
“Her winning throw of 51.10m was her second best ever, behind only her 53.60m in Canada in July last year in the lead-up to the world junior championships, where she performed below her best.”
Gollshewsky also picked up a bronze medal in the shot put.
The 2010 Womensport Queensland Athletics Rising Star award winner will now chase her seventh straight national discus title in Sydney later this week, with those championships starting on Friday, and Kuorikoski is very confident that she will again bring home gold.
“Taryn is in better form at this stage of season than she has ever been, and she is capable of anything, and she just keeps getting stronger and better,” he said.
Gollshewsky also mixed it with the best open age competitors in the event when fourth in the Brisbane round of the Grand Prix Series last month with a throw of 50.80m.
“And with another five rounds to go, I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't win at least one leg,” Kuorikoski said.
The astute coach believes she has the potential of doing something which injury prevented him from doing – one day going all the way to the Olympics and also excelling on that stage.
“But her current big goal is to break the Australian record, and in doing so, she would qualify for the World Student Games in Spain later in the year,” he said.
“Taryn was ranked in the top 10 in the world in her age group last year, and she certainly has her eyes focused on gold at next year's world junior championships – she is very committed to training and juggles it around her university studies.”