Grace Robinson threw Australia’s medal tally a little higher on day three of the Commonwealth Youth Games.
The Year 11 student at Bethany College Hurstville won gold in the shot put event, held in Samoa’s capital Apia.
Grace is Sports Captain elect at her school and also competed at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Thanks to performances like hers, Australia led the medal tally at the Games’ end with a total of 63 medals – 25 gold, 19 silver, and 19 bronze. They were followed by South Africa, whose young athletes achieved 35 medals including 13 gold.
“It was a relief that all the hard work had paid off,” Grace said “It was such a great achievement, I was so happy.
Grace threw 16.39 metres at the Games, and said it was an improvement on the distance she threw at the 2014 Youth Olympics in China, where she placed seventh, of just under a metre.
Grace trains six days a week and will balance this with HSC study in subjects including Advanced English, PDHPE, Senior Science and Mathematics. She said having competed on the world stage before had helped her Commonwealth Youth Games performance.
“It helps a lot,” she said. “I wasn’t used to it, but because I had had a taste of it I wasn’t as nervous as the first time. You need speed [to throw well], your technique has to be good and you need power too. It has to be in balance.”
After the athletics section of competition was over, Grace got to see more of Samoa with the others on the Australian team.
“On the Thursday me and my teammates went and watched other sports and on the next day we were tourists and went to the beach. It’s such a beautiful country.”