Sabrina Kliousis smashes javelin record

PET EVENT: Sabrina Kliousis says that the javelin is her favourite sport. Picture: Phil HearneTHE sky is the limit for javelin thrower Sabrina Kliousis after a record-breaking start to her time in the sport.
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The 13-year-old from Newcastle Grammar School is targeting the Australian All Schools championship in December at Townsville after she won the state title in Sydney this month.

The winning throw of 33.87 metres on a hot and windy day followed an outstanding run by Kliousis, who claimed the Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools title with a throw of 34.32m. It broke the previous mark by almost seven metres.

Then came the NSW Combined Independent Schools championships, where the year 8 student bettered the meet mark of 32.82m with an effort of of 34.32m.

Coach Liam Speers, 21, is discus champion who finished eighth at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Bressanone in 2009.

Now juggling his own training and competition with coaching, Speers takes Sabrina and her older brother, Rugby, through their paces at least once a week.

Speers said Sabrina had great natural ability and was an exciting prospect.

“She has limitless amount of potential,” Speers said.

“She’s been with me for only two years and in that time she’s added 17 metres or more to her throw.

“In the lower school comps you can get people who can play other sports like baseball who have a good arm already, but when you get to state or nationals you see the girls who have the training and potential – Sabrina’s proven herself that way.”

He believed she had an excellent chance of adding the national schools title to her growing list of achievements.

“She’s an awesome thrower and I can see she is capable of throwing further than what she is at the moment,” he said.

“On the day, anything can happen. If she clicks all that technical training together, I know she’s a chance to win.”

Speers said Sabrina’s older brother, Rugby, 16, could also go a long way in javelin.

“He has just as much potential, if not more,” he said.

“He could become a national representative at javelin, rugby, soccer – he just has so much natural talent. Whoever can grab hold of him will do well with him.”

Sabrina competes for the Adamstown-New Lambton Little Athletics club.

She said she followed her brother into the sport and just “liked it”.

A touch football player and cheerleader, she said she wanted to go as far as she could with javelin, which was her favourite sport.

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