Taryn aiming at world champs
Future discus star Taryn Gollshewsky knows she can throw the 47.50m needed to make the Australian team for world junior championships in Canada this year.
It is just a matter of doing it when it counts.
After a mixed year in 2009, the Elliott Heads athlete narrowly missed out on world championships selection when she won the Australian age group title in Hobart.
The 16-year-old improved her personal best by 50cm, but her throw of 46.95m was not quite enough to book her ticket to Canada in July.
“I can reach that goal. I know I can,” she said last week.
“I’ve made it at training and I threw a 48m at Hobart but it was called a foul.”
Although it was an inconsistent year for Gollshewsky, she still dominated her age group with the discus.
Earlier in the year she flew to Italy for the world championships and finished 12th.
She hopes to improve on that this year.
“I hate to be one who makes excuses but I had a couple of ankle injuries that really didn’t help my training,” she said.
Those injuries came while she was playing for Bingera in the GBI Skin Care Ladies football premiership.
That is one passion she might have to put aside if she hopes to take the next step in her athletics career.
“I do enjoy playing football. I want to do it again next year but if I do make that worlds team I won’t be playing for about a month before the tournament because the risk of getting injured is just too high,” she said.
She also hopes that the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) will recognise her potential this season.
Gollshewsky hopes to gain selection in the AIS under-19 squad, which would open the door to extra training and bigger events.
It is only at the Brisbane events that she can qualify for the world championships.
“We don’t have the qualified judges up here that they do down there, so if I make the distance down there it will count,” she said.
“I just have to make sure that when I go to a meet I’m focused and I can achieve what I have to achieve.”