Airds teen hammer thrower blitzing the competition

Hammer time: Airds teen Unitty Ta'uo is the under-15s Hammer Australian Junior Championships. Picture: Simon Bennett
Hammer time: Airds teen Unitty Ta'uo is the under-15s Hammer Australian Junior Championships. Picture: Simon Bennett

She already holds the top national ranking in two age groups, but Unitty Ta'uo isn't ready to stop there.

The 14-year-old hammer thrower has her sights set on the Australian All School Championships to be held in Perth in December.

The Airds resident has been training in hammer throw for three years and has impressed coach David Prior every step of the way.

"She's terrific," Prior said.

"She's a very talented, dedicated athlete."

The Airds High School student trains three times a week to perfect her sport.

She first got into hammer throw when she visited her older sister during training.

"My sister was being coached by Dave at the time and I was just sitting on the hill watching them and playing around equipment," Unitty said.

"Dave saw me and asked my sister who I was. He thought I had some talent and I should try to throw.

"I started with discus, but hammer throw is where I really started to feel comfortable."

All in the spin: Unitty Ta'uo loves training in hammer throw so she can continue to improve and break records.

All in the spin: Unitty Ta'uo loves training in hammer throw so she can continue to improve and break records.

Unitty said she loved that hammer throw gave her the opportunity to travel and meet new people.

She said she enjoyed training and working on her technique.

"It's important to have a good spin," Unitty said.

"You need good balance."

The Campbelltown Collegians Athletics Club member's hammer throw skills saw her secure the under-15 Hammer Throw title at the Australian Junior Championships in March.

She set a new meet record with her personal best throw of 48.2 metres.

Unitty bested that result late last month with a gold medal performance at the NSW All Schools Championships.

She smashed the meet record of 48.03 metres with a huge throw of 51.82 metres - her new personal best.

Unitty's other impressive results this year included an under-15s hammer throw gold medal at the NSW Junior Championships in February and a 14-years discus gold medal in the NSW Combined High Schools Championships, with a personal best throw of 35.76 metres.

Prior said you could never tell how far a child would go in their given sport, but Unitty had the right attitude to go far.

"She's definitely got the skill and determination to succeed in hammer throw," he said.

He encouraged anyone else looking to take up hammer throw to contact the Collegians and give the sport a go.