Five months ago eight-year-old Olivia Earl had never picked up a shot put or a discus.
However, that didn’t stop the Tintinhull Primary School student from claiming two silver medals at the NSW Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) state championships in Sydney.
The grade two student competed in the junior girls eight to 10 year-old multi-class, and pulled out all the stops on her way to a podium finish.
Olivia’s mother Karen said she was proud of her daughter’s achievements.
“It was certainly a big effort,” Karen said.
“She was up against kids that were older than her and she was still able to bring home two medals.
“Its a pretty incredible achievement and I am really proud of her.”
Olivia threw 5.33 metres to claim silver in the shot put and 16.31 metres to claim silver in the discus.
“She hadn’t picked up a shot put or discus until five months ago,” Karen said.
“Since then she has trained six days a week, which is a lot.”
Karen said Olivia would take some “much deserved time off” from athletics.
“Given that she has trained so much since she started, I think it’s a good idea to take a bit of a break,” she said.
“Six days a week is a lot of training and dedication, she has done really well but I think she will take a break now until next year.
“I know Olivia is really proud of her effort and representing her school.
“Hopefully this achievement will be something she will remember forever.”