A javelin starlet took on senior competition for the first time last weekend, with the aim of not finishing last – and picked up a win.
Bassetlaw athlete Rosie Muxlow was in action for Notts Athletic Club in Worcester, at a Youth Development League meeting.
The 15-year-old not only faced a step up in competition, but had to throw a heavier javelin.
Dad Tony was initially against the idea. He told the Guardian: “I didn’t want her to do it, I thought there was no chance and didn’t want it to knock her confidence.
“But her coach Mick Robinson said she needed to step up to that level, and believed it would be a good experience, to treat it as a lesson from the more senior throwers.”
Having swapped her personal 500g javelin for a 600g adult weight javelin, Muxlow struggled early on.
Her first throw landed five metres short of standard, and her second was marginally better but not competitive.
The Hillhouse School student found her form on the third throw however.
A personal best of 33.17m gave her a surprise victory, and her 11th win of the year.
“She threw out of her skin,” said Tony.
“It was truly a lesson in throwing, but it was Rosie who shone through – she took first place by just over a metre.”
Muxlow is now ranked 12th in the UK’s Under 17 rankings, and this weekend at The Alexander Stadium in Birmingham she faces a showdown with the number one ranked thrower – Bethan Rees.
“She’s inspired by this girl, she dances down the runway, everything is perfect, but she’s been doing it two more years than Rosie,” said Tony.
“We’re not expecting a win, but you never know.
“Rosie is stepping up all the time and we’re hoping for another two metres.”
If 11 event victories in a year wasn’t enough, Muxlow turned her hand to another discipline last weekend, with some success.
Her club needed a’B String’ hammer thrower, and Muxlow was ready to step in.
But when the ‘A String’ thrower failed to register a throw, Muxlow was promoted and took fourth place against senior athletes – despite never having thrown it before.
Her dad credits coach Robinson for instilling so much confidence in the young athlete: “Just over a year ago she was ready to give up the sport, but we contacted Notts and she joined, and Mick has given her one-to-one coaching – he thinks the world of her and it’s made all the difference.”