Prestons hammer and discus thrower wins silver

PROGRESSIVE hammer and discus thrower Jessica Stikovic finished last year on a high and 2013 is shaping more development for the Prestons athlete.

Last month, Jessica, 15, competed in the Australian All Schools Nationals in Hobart.

The Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook year 10 student competed in hammer and discus at the championships.

In the hammer event, Jessica won a silver medal, finishing second, throwing 53.22 metres — beating her personal best by four metres.

In the discus, she was fourth, throwing 37 metres.

The Western Blues Little Athletics Club Austral member who stands 173 centimetres tall, said the experience competing at the titles in Hobart will place her in good stead in future competition.

Jessica also competes for the Westfield Sports Senior club.

She competes on Friday nights during the summer season at the Western Blues Little Athletics Club at Craik Park, Austral.

The state level medal winner has also turned her hand to coaching members of the club.

"I do a bit of coaching at Western Blues and I enjoy it," Jessica said.

"I am coaching a 10-year-old girl at the club, Bianca Samperi, she is doing really well."

Jessica trains at Gipps Road, Greystanes, under former Olympic competitor Karyne Di Marco and Bre Clements who are leading coaches of hammer discus and shot-put throwing.

Jessica will represent Australia at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January.

Athletes from 30 nations will compete in 17 sports starting today, January 16 until January 20, at Sydney Olympic Park.

Jessica will enter the hammer throw this Saturday, January 19.

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