Way to go, Catherine
CATHERINE WAYLAND of New Ross secured the Irish team's first podium finish of the I.P.C. World Athletics Championships on the opening day of competition in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday last.
Wayland, who competed in the F51 club throw final at 9.05 a.m. (New Zealand local time), threw 13.56 metres to secure the silver medal. Wayland set the pace in the first round with an early throw of 13.19 metres which left her in second place overall going into the second round.
The New Ross native, who is a member of I.W.A. sport, improved on her opening throw with a distance of 13.56 metres and that was good enough to secure second place.
'I am delighted with my performance as it has been 13 years since my last major championship medal. I also have the discus competition to come and am re-focusing now on delivering another top performance. I would like to thank my coach for all his help and support over the years. I dedicate this medal to my son, Calum, and coach, Pat Furlong,' she said.
Irish team manager, James Nolan, commented: 'Catherine worked very hard over the difficult winter period under the guidance of coach Pat Furlong and her dedication paid off today, with her elite performance in the club throw. She can now carry this confidence into her discus competition on Friday. It's also a super boost for the team and a dream start to these Paralympic Athletics World Championships'.