Winning when not at your best is a clear indicator that you are on the right path to success.
So when Cecil Hills High School student Georgia Portelli threw 39.32m in the under-13 girls javelin to win gold at the recent Australian Little Athletics Championships she responded accordingly.
“It actually wasn’t a good throw – but I was happy to win gold,” she said.
The Kemps Creek resident has a personal best of 43.32m in a discipline she only picked up two years ago.
It's amazing to see the javelin soar through the air.Georgia Portelli
Like one of her javelins soaring through the air, the 13-year-old is hoping to continue her rise in the sport as she takes some well-earned rest after a busy Little Athletics season. So what is the key to throwing a good javelin?
“It’s all about good technique – that is what is going through my head as I start to throw,” she said.
“I find if I relax and don’t overthink it, that’s when I throw my best.
“It's amazing to see the javelin soar through the air. The thing with javelin is you know when you have a good throw because it feels good.”
Georgia began Little Athletics when she was six.