Silver OK for now
YOUNG Ruby Morris shot-putted her way into the NSW Institute of Sport's emerging athletes' program after finishing second in the Australian All Schools and Youth Athletics Championships at Olympic Park in Sydney. The 14-year-old Richmond River High School student impressed selectors with a whopping 11.30m final throw that adds the national silver medal to a swag of honours she collected throughout the year. Although well below her personal best, Ruby said she was happy with the result against fierce competition. "The others wanted it really badly," she said. "They were just so hungry it was a bit daunting." The NSWIS acknowledgement comes after a huge year for Ruby. It included: Setting a Combined High Schools regional record of 12.86m; gold at the NSW CHS with a 13.20m throw; gold in the junior division of the State All Schools championships, then backing up with bronze in the senior division of the same competition. Ruby adopts a varied training regime to prepare herself for competition. She kayaks 5-10km three times a week, and does weights and throws training at her Caniaba home under the guidance of her mother and coach, Maureen. "Mum will help me improve on silver," Ruby said. "She does a lot for me and I'm grateful for her love and care. "She's always there for me, and that's really important." Ruby's next goal is to compete at the 2008 Pacific Schools Games in Canberra.