It’s cool to throw like a girl


The connotations of “throwing like a girl” are a long distance away from what they used to be.

In 2019, that girl is strong, powerful and not afraid to take on the world. She is a young woman like world junior shot put champion Maddison Wesche, or Commonwealth Games hammer throw gold medallist Julia Ratcliffe.

To ensure there are more girls like them, Athletics New Zealand have launched their #ThrowLikeAGirl initiative – to embrace all those qualities and encourage more young women to try throwing.

Led by highly successful athletics coach and former javelin thrower Kirsten Hellier, the programme focuses on giving young women, aged between 11 and 18, coaching across all athletics throwing events – shot put, discus, hammer throw and javelin. They will also receive conditioning training.

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