Emily is Throwing for Her State

It’s not a sport you hear much about, but for Emily Johnstone, throwing Javelin is her passion. After recently competing at the 2022 WA Little Athletics Championships with only one year of experience, she’s now the Under 12s State Champion. 

We asked Emily about her sport.

Javelin is not a common sport you hear much about, so tell us how you got into it?

I started watching my brother do Little Athletics when I was only two. I wanted to compete in everything, but I had to wait until I was six.

How long have you been a javelin thrower?

I had my first training session with a turbo javelin when I was 10 and started throwing a real javelin last season.

What do you love most about it?

I love the feeling of a good throw, then watching the Javelin fly and hit the ground, hoping I have achieved a personal best.

What’s the hardest thing about the sport?

The hardest thing about javelin would be getting the correct technique. Even if you have a lot of power, if you don’t get the technique right you won’t throw very far. 

What are your sporting goals for the future?

My goal for next year is to throw well enough to get into nationals. My dream is to be good enough one day so that I can compete in the IAAF Diamond League and the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

What would you say to someone interested in giving it a go?

Go for it, join your closest athletics club next season and you might be surprised by how far you can throw.

Who is your favourite sportsperson?

My favourite sports person would have to be Kelsey-Lee Barber who came 3rd in the women’s javelin at last year’s Olympics and is currently the World Champion.

Congratulations, Emily! We’ll be looking out for you at the Brisbane Olympics.

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