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KIAHNA Evans took up the hammer throw six weeks ago — now she’s a state champion in the field event.
But this was no fluke — the Xavier High Year 7 student also taking gold for shot put and discus at the NSW all school titles last weekend.
Evans, 12, went to the Sydney’s Olympic Stadium at Homebush with high hopes off the back of competing in open age competition in discus and shot put on the Border and already a member of the Victorian junior development squad.
Last year she qualified for the nationals in discus and shot put in under-14 competition when she was just 11.
But when she heard the hammer throw was on the all schools program she added that to the ‘to do’ list.
The unassuming Evans didn’t expect the gold medal haul.
“I knew I had a good chance — but you don’t really expect to win in all three events,” she said.
“I have been doing Little Athletics for a while but I just thought that I would do something new so I picked up the hammer.
“It was fantastic to be in the Olympic stadium but I was pretty nervous.”
Evans’ form is even more impressive coming at the start of the summer athletics season.
The performances of the girl who turns 13 next February has seen officials reaching for the record books.
“It was the first time hammer throw was offered at the all schools for under 12 so as well as the gold medal it was also a record,” mum Donna said.
“Then on the weekend she broke the record for the three-kilogram shot put at Wodonga Little Athletics.
“With the discus she didn’t throw a personal best at the all schools but at the Catholics Schools state championships she did at a tick over 37 metres.”
But Evans’ sporting prowess isn’t limited to the field.
She is already part of a development squad in basketball that will see her meet the best city and country players in NSW in the next month.