Merrylands' Dani Samuels at Glasgow Games

Star athlete Dani Samuels, of Merrylands, will compete in Glasgow Scotland for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

From Greystanes to Glasgow: Born and bred at Merrylands, Dani Samuels has stormed into world athletics history. Picture: Kai Pfaffenbach.

From Greystanes to Glasgow: Born and bred at Merrylands, Dani Samuels has stormed into world athletics history. Picture: Kai Pfaffenbach.

The 2009 discus world champion, who also competes in shot put, made her start at the Greystanes Little Athletics club and attended Merrylands Public School before moving to Fairfield’s Westfields Sports High School.

Westfields’ athletics director Dan Suchy described Samuels as not only a top ranked athlete, but an ‘‘amazing’’ person who had remained dedicated to her former school community.

‘‘She’s a wonderful ambassador for Australia,’’ Mr Suchy said.

‘‘When she was still in high school she went to her first Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 and won bronze.’’

When Samuels won the world title at 19, she defeated the then world champion who was 39.

‘‘I remember saying to her at the time ‘‘you’ve still got 20 years left’’.

Mr Suchy said since Samuels switched from basketball to athletics in Year 8, she had ‘‘rocketed’’ to success.

‘‘There are only seven athletes in history who have won the treble - the world under 18s, the world under 20s and the world open championships. Usain Bolt has done it, Jana Pittman has done it and Dani Samuels has done it.

‘‘She’s always been very talented. In her school years she was undefeated at state and national level in both the shot put and the discus.’’

In 2009, Samuels became the youngest person ever to win the discus world championships. She is currently ranked number one in the Commonwealth and number two in the world for discus throwing.

Samuels’ coach from Westfields Sports, Denis Knowles, has travelled to Scotland to support the champion.

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