by Elyse Wurm
ATHLETICS: Warwick State High School student Lily Maw did her home town proud yesterday by placing sixth in Australia for discus.
The 17-year-old was one of three athletes in the 17- and 16-year-old age group representing Queensland at the Australian All Schools Track and Field Championship in Adelaide.
Coach Nathan Rogers said she won the place with a throw of 39.79m, which was very close to the 40m mark she has been edging towards to all season.
The game plan for yesterday's competition was to just "go for it” with every throw, which Rogers said she executed well.
"She'd worked so hard from being an entry-level thrower at 13 and through sheer determination and persistence she achieved at the highest level,” he said.
"It's a lovely little fairy tale story for her.”
Maw has improved year-on-year at state championships since she was in Year 8.
Rogers said the quiet achiever was very happy and humbled by the result.
"It's really enjoyable to see someone of their age so focused and persistent, that they just love that sport and are willing to give up quite a few other sporting commitments to focus on it,” Rogers said.
"It really shows that hard work pays off, it's not all about natural talent.
"If you get knocked down you keep going.”
Maw is now expected to take some time off throwing before university offers are released.