Silver at nationals

TWELVE-year-old Sale Little Athletics member Amber Ross has had a busy season, having just returned from her third national competition in four months, the Australian junior championships in Sydney.

Amber qualified to compete in three events and came home extremely happy after placing sixth in javelin with a new personal best, fifth in shot put and finishing the competition with her second national medal, a silver in discus after a 34.12 metres throw which exceeded the national qualifying distance for under 15 Australian juniors.

While at the competition, Amber was thrilled to be able to spend some time with one of her athletic heroes, Dani Samuels, in the athletes’ “chill zone”. Amber then watched Samuels compete in the discus at the Sydney Track Classic.

Amber has been a member at Sale Little Athletics since the age of six, and has progressively improved her skills and technique. Her dedication and persistence has been reflected in her recent achievements.

Late last year she received the School Sport Victoria award for sporting and academic excellence, after being nominated by her school.

At the recent Gippsland championships, Amber won gold medals in all of her events, breaking the region discus record in her age group, and progressing to state championships, to be held in Melbourne this Saturday.

Amber was also named as a recipient in the 2014 Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation in recognition of her dedication and perseverance in striving to achieve her goals, as well as her achievements to date.

The foundation was launched in 2003, aiming to inspire and motivate women across Australia to dare to dream, pursue their passion and aspire to achieve. It supports women with initiative and dedication, who are committed to achieving a dream and courageous enough to ask for assistance along the way.