Caitlin spears record with javelin throw

Caitlin Serle is Colac Little Athletics’ second girls’ javelin record breaker for the year.

COLAC district girls have continued to show that javelin is not just a sport for the boys.

Colac’s Caitlin Serle became Colac Little Athletics’ second girls’ javelin record breaker for the year, following in the footsteps of 11-year-old Holly Robertson.

Caitlin’s throw of 23.11 metres eclipsed the previous under-13 title by almost three metres.

The Colac Secondary College student, 13, said an enjoyment of the sport made it easier to excel.

“I’ve been doing little aths for about three seasons and javelin would be my favourite event – I just like it in general,” she said.

“I like competing and seeing all my friends and having a great time.”

The throw surpassed the previous record of 20.65 metres that Jessica Wheadon set in 2006.

The title was Colac Little Athletics fourth broken record of the season, an effort that centre secretary Louise Brown said was a record in itself.

“I think we maybe had five broken for the whole of last season so I would say it’s a record at this stage of the season and we’re only partway through,” she said.

“We’ve still got another three months after Christmas – the athletes are only warming up.”

The young athletes wrapped up the year with a twilight session on Friday night, and will return on January 28 before school returns.

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