Both local throwers with Dynamo Throws of Maple Ridge medalled at the national junior championships in Edmonton over the weekend.
Natasha Akbarizadeh won the women’s hammer throw – her second national title in three years.
Her throw of 57.08 meters ranks her fourth all-time in Canada for junior/under-20 women and earns her a spot on the Canadian national team that will compete at the Pan American Junior Championships, coming up July 29-31 in Edmonton.
Olivia Moriconi won bronze in the discus with a throw of 44.04 meters
Akbarizadeh had to have that one big throw. She put the first two attempts into the cage, so she had to get her third one in bounds to move into the finals. She made some minor technical adjustments and she gathered herself and on her third throw went 57.08 m which ended up being the best throw of the day.
“She went in with pressure and expectation and came out on top,” said coach Bradley Graham.
“I’m very proud of her. She’s earned the right to wear the maple leaf and will represent herself, club and country very well.”