21 year old Gympie local Liam O’Brien is hoping that he will do well enough in the University Games in Taiwan this August that he will get a place in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Javelin thrower O’Brien, told the Courier Mail that to qualify for Commonwealth Game selection he would need to throw a personal-best of 77m to 80m which is the qualifying distance for the games.
“I have been training since March to peak for the World Uni games, it will be my first overseas competition, and probably my hardest.” O’Brien said.
Liam started doing javelin at school on sports day, he also played cricket and had a “good throwing arm” but got more in to javelin. He said he liked javelin because “it is so objective- you throw a distance and you get into a team, whereas in other sports, sometimes politics might come into it (selection).”
Outside of athletics Liam is studying at the Translational Research Institute at the PA Hospital in Buranda and hopes to work in Cancer Research.
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