Javelin thrower to train with ABs, Adams

10:00, Jul 18 2014
Laura Overton
EXCITED: Talented javelin thrower Laura Overton has been picked to attend a sports academy camp.

Invercargill javelin thrower Laura Overton has been selected to rub shoulders with some of the All Blacks and NBA basketballer Steven Adams.

The 16-year-old is one of 10 promising New Zealand sportspeople selected from more than 250 applicants for a one-day Powerade Breakthrough Academy camp.

Overton will get the chance to spend time with Oklahoma City Thunder star Adams and three All Blacks as they go through physical training and classroom sessions that include goal setting, training techniques and nutrition, led by All Black strength and conditioning coach Nic Gill.

"I really wasn't sure whether to apply, and if I'd even get in, but I'm really excited to work with top coaches and also learn from the other attendees, who I can learn from even though they're in other codes," Overton said.

"I'm also really excited to raise the profile of javelin as a sport, as not many people know about it or what it takes to be successful."

Overton has been competing in javelin for only three years but her achievements include winning a bronze medal at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival last year and a gold in the senior women's and silver in the under-18 women's competition at the Oceania championships.

Overton was also the New Zealand secondary schools senior women's javelin champion last year and the national under-20 champion.

The academy camp will be held on July 29.


The Southland Times