National win for humble sports star

Shotput star Margaret Seufale is throwing far.

The Year 6 student at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Villawood and multiclass athlete won gold in the 12 & under shotput at the School Sports Australia Track and Field Championships.

Margaret’s throw of 6.06 metres was more than a metre further than her competitors’ best at the event, held in Melbourne on 26 November.

Margaret was also among the 30 young athletes who received medals at the 18th annual Sydney Archdiocesan Primary School Sports Awards. NSW Swifts netball player and children’s author, Maddie Proud, presented the medals at a ceremony at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School Hurstville on 5 December.

Shotput is really fun. It’s made me more confident.

– Margaret Seufale

The awards recognise young athletes from a pool of 116 Catholic primary schools who have excelled at sports during the school year.

To receive an award, students must have represented the Sydney Archdiocese in a NSW Catholic Primary Schools (NSWCPS) MacKillop team or NSW Primary Schools Sports Association (NSWPSSA) State team and demonstrated a high level of sporting achievement in their schools.

Margaret was praised for her talent, persistence, and listening skills that see her maximise the advice of her coaches.

She placed third in shotput at the Mackillop athletics competition before a second place win at the state-level PSSA competition, and first place at the national School Sport Australia competition.

“I mostly train in school times, but at home I’ve been training for about 30 minutes a day,” she said. “Shotput is really fun to do. It’s made me more confident to compete in front of other people, and it makes me stronger.”



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