Champion Thrower Karmen Maritz Wins Double Gold 

Year 12 athlete Karmen Maritz is still sizzling after finishing the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Championship in Christchurch on top of the podium with gold medals in the Junior Discus and Junior Shot-put events. Maritz performed outstandingly in both events. In the discus event, she set a new NZSSAA Junior Girls Discus record of 46.63 metres, breaking the long-standing record set in 2010. Then, in shot put, she threw a personal best of 14.80 metres to win the gold medal.

To finish her national championship off in style, Maritz was selected in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association team and was named Junior Girls Athlete of the Championship in Christchurch. There will be ample opportunity to see Maritz in action as she leads the charge at All School Westlake Girls Athletics Day on Friday, 1 March, at the AUT Millennium Track and Field Stadium.