McGuire throws hammer to catch bronze medal
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
STRAPPING Gladstone hammer thrower Thomas McGuire pulled out a powerful performance to bring home a bronze medal from the recent All Schools and Youth National Athletics Titles in Sydney.
The towering 15-year-old threw a personal best distance of 52.73 metres to finish the under-16 boys competition in third place behind fellow Queenslander Matthew Stopel.
There is no doubt McGuire was inspired by the Olympic Stadium venue, as he smashed his previous personal best by an amazing five metres.
McGuire's mum Lynelle, who also is his coach, said the whole event was a big thrill for the longtime Gladstone Athletics Club member.
'Thomas was very happy with his own performance, to smash his previous personal best was a fabulous achievement,' Lynelle said.
'He really enjoyed the chance to compete in the actual Olympic Stadium and to win a bronze was a huge thrill for him, because he has put the hard work in.'
A dedicated trainer who does two sessions a week in the gym alongside regular training at the Gladstone TAFE Oval, McGuire is certainly an athlete who deserves all the success which comes his way.
Next year promises to be a big one for the Chanel College student who has his sights firmly fixed on the Oceania Games in Samoa.
'Thomas has already got his eyes on the Oceanias, that is the big goal for 2006.
'He has passed the qualifying mark already and would love the chance to represent Australia,' Lynelle said.