Reigning British Championships bronze medalist Kirsty Law (left) will be throwing in a mixed discus competition alongside Jersey star Shadine Duquemin at Saturday’s Intertrust Athletics Games.
Shadine’s brother Zane has already been confirmed for the event alongside Olympian Brett Morse – they will be joined by the USA’s Jason Harrell and former Commonwealth Games 7th-placer Chris Scott.
Law has shown incredible consistency in the discus at national level for a number of years – indeed she has taken a medal at the British Championships every year from 2011 to 2017. Boasting a personal best of 57.79m and seasons best of 54.91m, the Scot will be coming to Guernsey in search of a 55m throw to finish off her season and also the 11-year-old all-comers’ record of 45.26m which is currently held by Jersey’s Lauren Therin.
As well as her impressive national streak, Law has also represented Great Britain at the European Team Championships and Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.
Shadine Duquemin will compete in Guernsey for the first time since her shot putt victory in the 2011 U17 Inter-Insular. She’ll be looking to challenge her PB of 53.44m. The Caesarean represented Great Britain at the European Junior Championships back in 2013 and has twice taken the Island Games discus title in 2011 and 2015.
Morse sits 2nd on the all-time list for GB with a PB of 66.84m – but incredibly he comes into the Intertrust Athletics Games ranked only 3rd this season out of the four men taking part. The Welshman is excited about the event as he goes in search of Commonwealth Games qualification: “I’m really looking forward to the meet, heard that it’s a great event, especially as the discus is being showcased! I need to qualify for the Commonwealths so hopefully I can produce something good.”
Zane Duquemin is ranked 2nd in the UK this season with 62.68m and was excited to come to the event following conversations with the javelin stars who reported back positively on the 2016 edition: “Yeah it should be good. The jav boys still haven’t shut up about it! It is still their favourite competition.”
USA athlete Jason Harrell (right) was 9th at the US Trials this season and is ranked 10th in the country – his PB stands at 62.28m. He was agonisingly outside of the medals at last season’s US national championships which doubled as the US Olympic Trials where he took 4th place. Finally Chris Scott, who was 7th at the Commonwealth Games back in 2010, is on the comeback trail and looking to work his way back towards his PB of 63m.
The all-comers’ record is, like the women’s equivalent, 11 years old and stands to former GB international Emeka Udechuku – he threw 56.65m back in 2006.
Athletics Development Officer Tom Druce encouraged any curious fans to take to Footes Lane to appreciate the athleticism and aesthetics of the discus event: “I think the javelin event last year surprised a few onlookers with just how impressive the elite guys make it look. In some ways the throwers are unappreciated by the wider audience and hopefully on Saturday we can showcase the discus to really show how technical and athletic these men and women are. The air-time on the discus when it is travelling beyond 60m will really be something to behold – and it will be good for the athletes to throw in a mixed competition and feed off each others energy. I really think that will help them feel motivated and throw well.”