Rachel Bardney breaks Little Athletics NSW under-11 javelin record

State champion: Stanhope Gardens athlete Rachel Bardney has set a new under-11 state javelin record as well as taking out the discus title at the Little Athletics NSW state championships. Picture: Lisa Bardney
State champion: Stanhope Gardens athlete Rachel Bardney has set a new under-11 state javelin record as well as taking out the discus title at the Little Athletics NSW state championships. Picture: Lisa Bardney

Rachel Bardney has capped a record-breaking athletics season with a NSW record for javelin.

The 11-year-old champion bettered the previous record by 1.77m to set a new mark of 28.94m at the Little Athletics NSW state track and field championships.

It was a golden meet for Rachel, who finished with gold in javelin and discus, which she won by more than five metres, and finished second in shot put.

“I think it’s cool, it’s nice to have another record,” she said. 

“I remember at regionals, the record was 24m. I had a bad day but I still came first.”

It tops off an incredible season of records for Rachel.

Along with several club records for the Kings Langley Little Athletics Club, the Stanhope Gardens star broke the state discus record at the Primary Schools Sports Association state championships and followed up by breaking a 22-year-old national School Sports Australia discus record.

Rachel only started javelin earlier this season after moving into the under-11 age group and was able to practice early after getting a javelin for her birthday. 

It helped her quickly become comfortable with the new skill. 

“We got a javelin a couple of months before the season started so I could practice,” she said.

“It’s awesome to have these achievements and to have parents that help me and take me to training.”

Rachel also participated in the Trans Tasman Challenge in January, representing NSW against some of New Zealand’s best young athletes, finishing with three silver medals.