Lismore student comes home from Brisbane laden with medals
TIRELESS Mikaela Pieniacki is preparing for her next sporting challenge after enjoying some dream results against national opposition.
The talented Goonellabah all-rounder won three medals, including a gold, at the recent National Christian Schools Games at Brisbane's Deception Bay.
Mikaela, who attends Lismore's Summerland Christian College, achieved podium finishes in the individual shot-put and discus and team basketball competitions.
The 15-year-old who is now preparing for this weekend's Christian Schools Sports Association cross-country championships in Sydney, said sport played a huge role in her life.
"I guess I have a passion for sports," she said.
"Even if I'm just mucking around, it's always fun.
"My dream is to get a scholarship for an American college, or maybe go to the Olympics.
"I want to play sports for a long time."
Mikaela competed in the Deception Bay tournament despite being hampered by a troublesome ankle injury sustained in the lead-up to the event.
Promising young athletes from across Australia attended the titles, competing individually and representing their states in various sports.
Mikaela claimed gold in the shot put competition with a throw of 10.75m.
She also did well in discus, winning silver after missing out on the top spot by just 10cm.
There was no time for rest, with Mikaela moving straight on to the basketball event.
Her New South Wales side advanced through the group stages of the round-robin contest before narrowly losing out to Queensland in an "intense" final.
"When I rang home and told my Mum I had three medals, she was so excited," Mikaela said.
"I thought she was going to have a heart attack.
"It was good to know she was proud of me.
"Just to get one medal would have been an achievement for me. I'm stoked to get three."
Mikaela also said her medals were a fitting tribute her much-loved grandmother June Pieniacki, who died in January this year.
"I did this for my nan," she said.
"As soon as I got my medals I realised she was up there watching over me.
"She would have been over the moon."
Mikaela thanked mum Anne and teacher Michael Capilli for their on-going support.