WATC: Who is your biggest inspiration in Athletics?
“I’ve always looked up to Kim Mickle especially in my younger athletics years. I always thought she was such a good role model and had such a good spirit in the sport.
“I watch a lot of athletics and admire so many athletes all across the world, but if I were to pick one person that is a big inspiration to me it would have to be Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. She always has a big smile on her face, is such a talented runner and a good sport. I love watching her race.”
WATC: Which athletics stadium is your favourite one?
“I have enjoyed most places I’ve thrown especially Townsville and Canberra, but I always love throwing in Sydney and being in Olympic park. The atmosphere I’ve experienced when throwing there has always been amazing.”
WATC: What are your goals?
“My goals for this coming season are to try working through developing my three turn throw into four turns and work on getting closer to the under 20 WA record of 54.36m before the end of 2019. In the new year I will be focusing on nationals and preparing for my first nationals competing as an open athlete.
“My long term goals are to continually keep improving as I go through my career in the sport and see where it takes me.”
WATC: Do you participate in any other sport?
“Other than throwing I enjoy a lot of sport. I play netball socially and like to keep fit at the gym or going for a run. I love my AFL, especially the West Coast Eagles.”
WATC: What do you enjoy of the WATC?
“The WA throwers Club has been such an amazing club to be a part of for two years. To have such a tight and supportive group to all be a part of one club is something really special. I am proud to be a part of such an awesome group of people.”
WATC: If you have any advice for young throwers what would that be?
“For younger throwers, the main advice I’d give is to just have fun. Keep practicing and working hard because it does pay off.”
We wish Mikayla all the best and hope to see her achieve her goals.