A WEST Cheshire AC athlete has powered her way into the record books.
Stephanie Owens smashed the Welsh under 17 ladies hammer-throwing record with a winning throw of 48.69m at a Throws and Weights competition held at Wavertree, Liver pool.
Stephanie, who travels from her home in Buckley to compete for her Ellesmere Port-based club, beat Carys Parry's mark of 46.82m which had stood since 1997.
Stephanie's latest throw is just one metre away from the existing UK under 17 ladies record which is her next target for the busy season ahead.
And she is determined to get close to the Welsh under 20 women's record of 55.22m achieved by Laura Douglas in 2002, which will push her into European international recognition.
Stephanie has been identified as one of 16 athletes within Wales who will form the first wave of athletes into the Welsh Talent Development Academy.
The Academy will be based out of the National Indoor Athletics Arena at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, which is also the agreed venue through UK Athletics as a Talent Development Academy.
The aim of the programme is to create the next wave of athletes to be presented to UK Athletics for inclusion on to the Lottery Funded World Class Performance Programme (WCPP).
The aim of the WCPP is to support athletes who have the ability to develop into world class performers, the defini
tion of which is to have the potential to be podium/top eight placed at a major championships (world or Olympic Games).
The success of the programme will be based on the number of athletes who not only make it onto the World Class Programme, but stay there and continue to prog ress.
Stephanie will be supported by a package assembled by Welsh Athletics which includes British Olympic Association Medical Insurance, annual physiotherapy and strength and conditioning screening.
Stephanie will be required to attend a number of WCPP days which will focus on the 5 Rings Model of strength and conditioning, performance lifestyle, psycho-behavioural skills, fundamental movement skills and technical tactical support, and individual requirements while on the programme.
Stephanie will start the programme on May 12 and 13.
* Fixtures this weekend include the Salford 10k Road Race on Good Friday, April 6 (10am start); the Rivington Pike Fell Race at Horwich on Saturday (3pm); the Air Products 10k Road Race at Crewe on Easter Sunday (10.30am); and an Easter Track and Field Open Medal Meeting at Trafford's Longford Park Arena on Easter Monday (1pm start).