McGuire qualifies for nationals

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A TRIP to Sydney appears on the horizon for Gladstone's Thomas McGuire after he produced a herculean effort to qualify for December's hammer throw national titles.

The 15-year-old Chanel College student threw the hammer 45.68 metres to pick up a silver medal at the recent Downunder International Athletics Championships on the Gold Coast.

That effort was comfortably good enough to qualify McGuire for the nationals in the Olympic city.

It was a productive weekend on the coast for McGuire who backed up that sterling performance with a bronze in the discus event.

A member of the Gladstone Athletics Club for seven years, McGuire has been coached by his mother Lynelle for the past four. The pair have a great relationship, with Thomas 'quite easy to coach' according to Lynelle.

'Thomas trains hard and is being rewarded for that success, he loves discus and hammer throw,'she said.

McGuire has improved rapidly in both sports over the past three years as his body continues to mature.

He does two sessions a week in the gym to build up his power and strength base ? something Lynelle said is essential for hammer throw and discus.

'We do three sessions on the track and two in the gym, which is necessary for his development,' she said.

McGuire hopes to perform well at next month's state titles in Brisbane to give him a great lead-up to the nationals.



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