PNG’s hammer thrower returns from Queensland

first_imgTravertz trained with Australian Hammer and Discus Champion, Matthew Denny. The difference it made showed when she improved her national record in the hammer throw to 37.23m. The 22-year-old Travertz from Western Province took part in the Pacific Games last year after a recommendation from throws coach, Paul Bannister who saw potential in her.Since then, Bannister has taken Travertz under his wing making arrangements for her to train in Queensland.Athletics PNG President, Tony Green said that although Travertz improved her national record from 35.78m to 37.23m and was reported to be throwing 40 to 42m in training, she ran out of time to post a qualifying performance to enable her to take part in the Nationals.“Jacklyn is now looking forward to the PNG National Championships in Lae in June and the Melanesian Championships in Fiji where she can expect to be competing against Brianna Stephens from Norfolk Island and hopefully some New Caledonians,” said Green.Travertz said that the training with Denny was excellent and she had learned many new things.“I now have a better understanding of what is needed to become an international thrower. I want to continue to represent my country in bigger competitions, be a positive role model and influence youngsters to get involved in sports like throwing events,” said Travertz.last_img read more