Rachel Bardney has taken out gold in shot put at the Pacific School Games and breaking a 33-year-old record in the process.
The 11-year-old from Stanhope Gardens threw a 14.51m, smashing the previous 11 years record of 13.86m set in 1984.
She also won gold by more than 1.5m with four of her six throws beating second place’s best throw.
Rachel said it was an exciting experience to compete against athletes from 15 countries from across the region.
“I always wanted to win that type of medal because it’s really cool and a couple of my friends from softball won in 2015,” she said.
“It was such a privilege for me because I worked so hard and it all paid off when I did the shot put and discus and won those two medals that I’ve wanted for the past two years.”
Rachel burst onto the national scene in her first year of eligibility last year, breaking a 22-year-old School Sports Australia record in discus, while winning bronze in shot put.
After flipping the result this year after discus gold medalist Rose Mulligan from Queensland pulled out a winning throw with her final attempt to push Rachel to bronze.
“A couple of people I already knew for last year,” Rachel said. “It was nice to some of them again but also nice to meet new friends. It was also nice to support friends who were in different sports.”
Since arriving back, Rachel was also named the Catholic Learning Community of St John XXIII sports person of the year for the third straight year, the Parramatta Diocese’s Kathy McGee Memorial Award for courage and determination in sport.
She also won shot put and javelin as well as finishing second in triple jump and discus at the Little Athletics zone carnival.
Next up for Rachel will be the Little Athletics Trans Tasman Tour where NSW will also compete in the Colgate Games, which is a national New Zealand Little Athletics competition.