EAGLES Bronwyn < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 23 Aug 1980 in Camden, AUS
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation Public Speaker
Languages English
Higher education Massage Therapy - Meadowbank College of TAFE : Sydney, NSW, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She started in 1991.
Why this sport? She says that a constant ear infection forced her to leave swimming, but she still wanted to participate in sport. She began throwing the hammer at an interclub competition in Bankstown. "I was doing the shot put and my coach told me that there was a shortage in girls competing in the hammer throw and they were struggling to get girls to compete. My coach and I decided that I should go in it just for a muck around and that's how I started. I was 11 years old, and it is a memory that has stuck with me forever. When I compete, I think about this day and I know that it couldn’t possibly get any worse than that day."
Club / Team NSWIS: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach Lawrie Barclay
Coach from which country? Australia
International Debut
Year 2001
Competing for Australia
Tournament East Asian Games
Location Japan
General Interest
Nicknames Beagz. (Athlete 06 May 2002)
Hobbies Sleeping and spending time with her family. (Athletics Australia Season Guide 2004)
Hero / Idol Duncan Armstrong. She saw him win gold in the 1988 Olympic Games and said it was the first time she got excited about sport. It was then she decided she wanted to do something great. (Athlete, 06 May 2002, Fox Sports Central, 09 Dec 2001)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Only go out to compete against yourself, be nice to the people you meet on the way up for they are the same people you meet on the way back down." (NSW Institute of Sport, 27 Nov 2001)
Awards and honours She was named Telstra Athlete of the Year for 2001 and 2002. (Athletics Australia, 18 Apr 2002)

She won the national championships in hammer throw in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009. (Athletics Australia, 01 Jun 2009)
Ambitions To throw as far as possible. (NSW Institute of Sport, 27 Nov 01)
Other information RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
She retired from the sport in 2006. In 2010 she stated she had been “angry, bitter and upset” with the sport when she retired. She returned to the sport 10 months later after an invitation from UWS Collegians Athletics Club. (Macarthur Chronicle, 27 April 2010)

FAMILY
Eagles is the eldest of eight children raised on a small dairy farm. (Herald-Sun, 08 Nov 2001)

MOTIVATION
In 2001 she revealed a key motivation behind her sporting endeavours. "When I was younger, I was told by a coach I had no talent for throwing. For me that's been a real driving force. I want to turn around and say, 'You told me I couldn't do this. Now look at me. I'm one of the best in the world'." (Herald Sun, 08 Nov 2001)

RECORDS
She is currently the Australian Record Holder for hammer throw with a record of 71.12m. (Australian Commonwealth Games Team Handbook, 2010)