A talented local teenager has been crowned Nottinghamshire javelin champion, after a hard-fought battle at Derby Athletics Club last weekend.
Rosie Muxlow, 15, is a multi-event athlete who not only competes in athletics at county level, but has also represented Great Britain in Judo internationally.
Towards the end of the 2014 season the youngster finished second to UK’s number one in an Under 15 competition and won the Under 17 event at javelin in a competitive event called Stars of the Future.
Aiming higher for 2015 she trained every week during the winter period on a one-to-one basis with her personal coach Mick Robinson from Notts Athletic Club, even when the pair had to clear snow from a homemade javelin runway.
But things took a turn for the worse in February when she broke her right foot – the part of the body used to launch the javelin.
Not only was she told she may not reach completion standard ever again her career in sport may have ended forever.
Muxlow refused to accept the bad news however, and worked her way back into training.
Her first two competitions of the season, at Milton Keynes and Bristol, saw her finish out of the first three placings.
She was then asked to enter the Nottinghamshire 2015 County Championships, with coach Robinson assuring her proud father Tony that she was capable of giving the competitors a run for their money.
Ten days prior to the county tournament Hill House School entered her in a Doncaster Schools event where she smashed the competition, beating the runner up by almost seven meters.
The stage was set and Muxlow was the last of her competitors to throw and the lead position was always changing but it was her last attempt that gave her the number one place on the podium.
And although she has already been crowned Nottinghamshire 2015 Under 17 ladies champion, she takes on the next major competition on 13th June h in Sheffield where she will be attempting to bring home the Yorkshire Schools Athletics title to add to her collection.