Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Training Yields Rewards; Duo Leads Region's Medal-Winning Haul

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Training Yields Rewards; Duo Leads Region's Medal-Winning Haul

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Byline: David Lems

TRAINING partners Claire Keefer and Rochelle Vidler are quiet achievers in every sense.

However, the Ipswich and District Athletic Club representatives coached by Mick Moore are making a huge impression early in the new season.

Keefer, 20, has just won a bronze medal in the shotput at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Doha.

The only international event bigger in her competition is next year's Paralympics, where Keefer is a top prospect for Rio.

Keefer is still in Qatar.

"I talked to her last night,'' Moore said, thrilled with Keefer's personal best performance.

"She's pretty quiet but you can tell she was very excited.''

Keefer travels regularly from Withcott to work with Moore at Bill Paterson Oval and at QEII after she joined the powerhouse Ipswich club this season.

Competing at the para-athletics world titles for the first time, Keefer threw 22.86m to narrowly miss a medal in the F41 discus throw for athletes of short stature.

However, her dedication was rewarded in the shotput where she threw a national record of 7.62m to secure bronze in her F41 event.

Moore said her aim in the discus was top five so she had a pleasing all-round debut world meet.

Keefer trains with rising Ipswich teenager Vidler.

After excelling against older athletes in recent seasons, 14-year-old Vidler continued her fine progress at last weekend's Secondary School State Track and Field Championships.

She twice broke the 13-15 years state hammer record by nearly three metres, with a best throw of 53.08m.

Fernvale-based Vidler also won the 14 years discus (41.90m) and came second reaching two metres in the pole vault.

Moore has been working with Vidler for four years and hopes she can join Keefer on the international stage in the future.

Next year's Oceania titles are one of the targets.

"She's been working on her technique and the proof is in the pudding,'' Moore said, having watched Vidler break her latest record.

She achieved the record on her third throw before advancing the mark on her next release.

Although below her personal best in the hammer, Vidler's effort so early in the new season augurs well for bigger competitions coming up. …

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