Awesome Aussies: Anna wins an Australian bronze medal
THE long hours spent driving to and from Rockhampton proved to be a worthwhile investment as Anna Deakin threw her way to a national bronze medal.
Originally from the Capricornia, Anna joined Maryborough Amateur Athletics Club when her family relocated to the Fraser Coast, and has previously enjoyed success at regional and state competitions.
Nothing could prepare the 13-year-old for her experience at the Australian Little Athletics Championships however, as the teenager faced - and beat - most of the best juniors across the country.
"It was different to what all of us expected down there but it was still great," she said.
"I guess it was different having all these people you don't know. At states you know most people but down there you don't know anyone whatsoever, other than those on the same team.
"When I was throwing it was different. We're all close at states but we didn't really talk (to other teams) while down there. It was so weird."
Anna's campaign could have been over moments after it started as a recurring back injury flared after her first throw.
"The rest weren't too great," she said of her efforts.
Still, she managed to throw about the 36m mark, which was good enough for third.
"It felt really good," she said. "I was like 'are you sure? Do you want to check that again?'"
"It was so good (to be on the podium). We had to wait six hours (between the final and presentation) but it was really good to wear the medal around my neck."
Moving forward, Anna's plan is simple: return to training, throw further, play hockey and manage her recurring back injury.
While she is proud of her bronze medal-winning efforts Anna was clearly annoyed by how close she was to winning the title.
"If I had thrown a PB I would have finished second, and first was only 11cm off that," she said.
It provides her motivation to increase her PB, and hopefully finish higher.
"The next national championships are at the end of the year and I want to beat these girls," she said.