DIMBOOLA hammer thrower Emma Werner has been selected to represent Australia at next month’s Oceania Championships in the Cook Islands.
Werner, 21, will compete at the tournament for a third successive year after participating in Cairns in 2012 and Tahiti in 2013.
The competition is aimed at younger up-and-coming athletes.
Werner will compete in the hammer throw and could be a chance to compete in the shotput.
“I’m really looking forward to it. They have qualifying standards and then from there you can nominate or be nominated, then it goes to a selection panel and they deliberate,” she said.
“I’m feeling really well prepared.”
Werner – who placed fifth in the open womens’ hammer throw at last year’s championships – has enjoyed a busy start to the year, competing at both the Australia and New Zealand national championships last month.
She said she was already in preparation mode for this tournament.
“In Frankston on Saturday I threw a new personal best, so I’m feeling well prepared,” she said.
Werner said her training schedule saw her train five days a week.
“I’m continuing with the amount of preparation I have to do,” she said.
“I’m training three days a week in Melbourne and two days by myself in Ballarat.”
The Ballarat-based athlete is coached by Melbourne-based coach Mike Edwards.
She also corresponds with a coach in Tasmania.
Werner does her strength and conditioning training as part of the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport in Ballarat.
The Oceania Championships run from June 24 to 26.