St George District Athletic Club’s Grace Robinson wins gold

Personal best: Grace Robinson with her gold medal.
Personal best: Grace Robinson with her gold medal.

St George District Athletic Club’s Grace Robinson (pictured) won the gold medal in the women’s shot put with a personal best at the Samoa 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

The Penshurst girl threw 16.39 metres, her previous best was 16.25 metres, at the six-day event which finishes in Apia, Samoa on Friday.

She is an accomplished young athlete winning many events in major competition and in 2013 was named the Leader-Tynan Honda Junior Sportstar of the Year.

Grace, 16, produced the superb throw to win gold against a talented field of entrants. England’s Sophie Merritt (15.78 metres) won silver and India’s Anamika Das (15.03 metres), the bronze.

‘‘I was just aiming for a personal best and it happened,’’ Grace said.

‘‘I was so happy with my performance.’’

Her father, Chris, is her coach.

Previously St George District Athletic Club’s long-time member Ray Russell coached the discus and shot put thrower.

Grace is a student at Bethany College, Hurstville.

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