Bainli's shot at glory

BAINLI Galway's tall, lithe physique suits her favourite athletics event of triple jump, but her selection in Victoria's schools track and field team has highlighted her range of capabilities.

Bainli Galway will compete for Victoria in shot put and long jump at the Australian schools' track and field championships.

Bainli Galway will compete for Victoria in shot put and long jump at the Australian schools' track and field championships.

The Kerang Primary School student qualified in first place in shot put at the School Sport Victoria selection trials to compete in the School Sport Australia Championship in Darwin in September.

She was also placed third in 12 years' long jump and will also compete in that event.

Bainli explained that triple jump was not included in the program, but she was "pretty pleased" to qualify in the other two events.

She won the shot put with a distance of 8.18 metres with a 3-kilogram ball.

She has previously thrown 10.05 metres with a 2-kilogram ball.

Third place in the long jump event followed a jump of 4.54 metres 

The Victorian 10-12 years' team will compete against other States at the Arafura Athletics Stadium from Wednesday, September 18 to Monday, September 23.

Bainli's athletic abilities have been evident for some time. She competed in the schools' regional championships two years ago.

Kerang Primary School principal, Brenton Taylor said that the school was immensely proud of Bainli's efforts.

"Not only is Bainli a fine athlete and a modest young person, she shows leadership qualities.

"As part of NAPLAN, she wrote some persuasive text urging the school to install a running track so everyone could keep fit."

A sand track installed around part of the school oval is used by all students for a pre-class run each morning and early-morning adult walkers, netballers and footballers have also taken advantage of the track.

"We also plan to install fitness stations around the track," Mr Taylor said.

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