Holly Robinson lets fly during the Otago Athletics Championships in February. Photo by Craig Baxter.
There is a lot at stake for Taieri athlete Holly Robinson
when she competes in the International Athletics Federation's
Grand Prix in Doha next month.
A top performance would give Robinson automatic entry to the
IAAF Grand Prix Grand Final at Birmingham in August.
The IAAF always includes one AWD event in its programme and
this year it is the women's javelin, which is Robinson's
''The top AWD javelin throwers in the world will be invited
to Birmingham,'' her coach Raylene Bates told the Taieri
''Holly was ranked third in the world last year and her
recent performances in the Grand Prix in Beijing will lift
Doha is the capital of Qatar and the Grand Prix meeting will
be held in its modern stadium on May 9.
In Beijing this month, Robinson broke her own New Zealand
record with a throw of 35.58m.
It placed her third in the event to Chinese throwers under
the Raza classification scoring system.
Robinson also broke the New Zealand record in the shot put in
Beijing with 10.84m and won the event using the Raza system.
Bates took Robinson to Beijing to gain international
experience competing in an environment and culture foreign to
Bates was impressed by the facilities for AWD athletes in
''The complex we stayed at was amazing,'' Bates said.
''It was built specifically for the 2008 Chinese paralympic
team. We walk out the front door and 20m in front is the
''There is also an indoor swimming pool, 200m indoor athletic
facility, table tennis, tennis, basketball, a cycling
velodrome, weights facility, café and of course a big
Robinson finished seventh in the javelin at the London
Paralympics in 2012.
Robinson, a Polytechnic student, left her family back in her
home town of Hokitika four years ago to live in Dunedin and
train with coach Bates.