THROWING athletes from across the country will soon be travelling to Greystanes to compete in international qualifying meets.
This has been made possible by a Holroyd Council decision to fund the upgrade of the two discus/hammer cages at the Gipps Road Sporting Complex, where athletes also train in shot put.
"We previously weren't able to host qualifying meets because of the state of the cages," Breanne Clement, the NSW Throwers Club's competition manager and secretary, said.
"It's really exciting for us."
Throwers Club member Guy Henly, 25, of Girraween is especially happy, because last year he threw an Australian record in discus at the Greystanes facility only for it not to count.
"It was frustrating," said Mr Henly, who is the current Australian record-holder in discus and shot put for athletes with a disability (AWD).
It took six months before he threw another record, in Newcastle.
Ms Clement said the grounds in Greystanes were among only a few in NSW where athletes could train in hammer throw.
Athletes who train at the complex range from the famous (think Olympic discus thrower Dani Samuels) and nearly famous (for example, hammer thrower Alex Hulley of Northmead who is a strong contender for the 2013 World Youth Championships), athletes with disabilities (such as Mr Henly), to those whose commitment to training goes beyond the pale.
"Two of our athletes travel from Forbes and two come from Young, which is six hours, and one athlete travels here from Lithgow twice a week," Ms Clement said.
Holroyd councillors last week approved spending $25,000 on the repair of the cages, new netting and gates.
"The gates to the cages, which restrict the angle of throwing, had to be removed earlier this year because of damage to the supporting structures," the council's director of corporate and financial services, Tim Butler, stated in a report to the council.