Maryborough’s Mia Cunningham won the under 14 girl’s javelin title during the Australian All Schools and Youth Athletics championships in Hobart.
Maryborough’s Mia Cunningham won the under 14 girl’s javelin title during the Australian All Schools and Youth Athletics championships in Hobart. Jocelyn Watts

Cunningham is good as gold

ATHLETICS: Practice makes perfect – just ask Mia Cunningham.

Weeks of hard work in practice paid off after the 13-year-old former Granville State School pupil won gold in style while representing Queensland in the Australian All Schools and Youth Athletics championships in Hobart.

Cunningham, who is still a member of the Maryborough Amateur Athletics Club despite living in Brisbane where she is now on a sports scholarship at Moreton Bay College, won two gold medals and one bronze.

She won her gold medals in javelin and shot put.

The bronze medal was won in discus.

But it was the javelin gold which gave Cunningham the most satisfaction because she said that she had worked so hard in practice in the lead-up heading to Tasmania.

All that effort was worth it after an impressive personal best throw of 42.66m secured Cunningham the best in Australia tag in the under 14 girls division.

Not only was the throw good enough to win gold – it was also a Queensland record.

Not surprisingly, Cunningham said she was really happy with her performance on what was her debut for Queensland at the secondary school level.

“Winning the javelin title was without doubt the biggest achievement of my year,” Cunningham, who was home in Maryborough for a few days this week, said.

“I wanted to do really well in the event to make up for my disappointment of finishing fourth in the Queensland titles – you could say that I managed to do just that.

“However, my coach deserves plenty of credit because he worked so hard with me for three days a week and that really helped my cause.

“He’s a great coach and I love working with him.”

Cunningham will have a great chance to celebrate her 14th birthday later this month by winning another medal when she represents Queensland in the Australia Cup Team Championships in Canberra.

She’ll then head to Sydney in March to contest the Australian Junior Championships.



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