Ayr Seaforth hammer thrower Rachel Hunter produced a personal best throw at the British Under 23’s Championships at Bedford in June where she threw a personal best of 56.78 meters which resulted in her taking the bronze medal.
This in turn then led the 19 year old to receiving an invitation from British Athletics to compete at the British Senior Championships which were being held on 12/14th July at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
Rachel went into the competition as the youngest athlete and seeded 9th. Some of the best athletes in Great Britain were competing over the weekend but this didn’t phase young Rachel at all. She was totally focused on her own performance and she had to be as after the first 3 rounds only the top 8 would qualify to throw in the final 3 rounds. Rachel and coach Chris Black’s aim was to make the final which was a big ask due to the caliber of athletes that had entered. Her coaches and parents nerves were relieved slightly when she threw another personal best of 57.44 meters in the 1st round. This proved enough to make the top eight and into the final. A truly fantastic result for the youngster.
Not resting on her laurels, Rachel then went to throw another personal best of 58.31 meters in the 5th round, which was enough for her to finish in an astonishing 5th place. Rachel was the only female thrower in all 4 throwing events, hammer, discus, javelin and shot put to throw a lifetime best.
Not only a great result for Rachel, Chris and her family, it has also put her very close to the Commonwealth Games Standard of 61 meters. There are 5 competitions left this season where Rachel can achieve the qualifying standard. One of these is the Scottish Senior Championships in August at Glasgow, with the other 4 being down south. The qualifying period ends in June 2014 and with Scottish Athletics head coach, Stephen McGuire and assistant Michael Johnson watching from the side lines at Birmingham, young Rachel is definitely heading the right way towards Glasgow 2014.