Athletics: Maxine crowned world champion

GOLDEN GIRL: Maxine Moore

GOLDEN GIRL: Maxine Moore

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by

PARALYMPIC athlete Maxine Moore has been crowned F32 club throw world champion.

The Weymouth star continued her winning ways after scooping student of the year at Weymouth College, when she bagged gold in the Under-23 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) Junior World Championships this week at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Moore injured her shoulder at the Somerset County games at the beginning of the season and has not been able to train properly or practise throwing since.

She has been travelling to the English Institute of Sport in Bath every week for treatment and had to withdraw from the European Championships in Swansea later this month.

After seeing her consultant in London and the British Athletics MO agreeing, she was told if she could stand the pain and understood the risk, she could throw and they would operate after the event in London.

Maxine’s father Chris said: “Every time Maxine throws her arm dislocates and she has to move it around to get it back in the socket for the next throw.

“I gave her some painkillers early in the morning and the team physio and doctor taped her shoulder up to try and hold it in place and give her some support. I think everyone thought she was mad to try but she always gives 100 per cent.

“Two athletes from the United Arab Emirates threw more than 16m early in the competition and we only expected Maxine to throw between 15-16m at best, but I think by the time she threw the adrenalin had kicked in as she threw 16.87m the first throw and then improved to 16.89m to win by over half a metre.

“She was so excited when she came out the throwing circle at being a world champion her shoulder was still out and I had to push it back in."

Maxine will be in a sling for four weeks and will have about five months’ rehabilitation before she starts throwing next year. She hopes to be ready for the senior World Championships in Doha in November 2015 and then on to Rio in 2016.

Maxine would like to thank Marcus Biles and Samantha Holloway in Weymouth, Laura Penhaul, Anna Fisher and Stuart Miller at Bath, Katie Jones, Shelly Holroyd and the team at the games, her coach Alison O’Riordan from London, all her family and Weymouth College for their help and support.

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