MICKLE Kimberley < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 28 Dec 1984 in Perth, AUS
Height1.68 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Sports and Recreation
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up athletics at age six in Australia, and began competing at age 13.
Why this sport? She saw an advertisement in a school newsletter.
Club / Team Mandurah Rockingham Athletics Club [AUS] / Western Australian Institute of Sport [AUS]:
Name of coach Grant Ward [personal], AUS, from 2002
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Australia
Tournament Commonwealth Games
Location Melbourne, VIC, AUS
General Interest
Nicknames Kim (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Apr 2016)
Hobbies Playing golf. (IAAF, 30 Mar 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement Breaking the Australian javelin record at the 2014 Melbourne Track Classic in Australia. (IAAF, 30 Mar 2015)
Hero / Idol Australian heptathlete Kylie Wheeler, Australian javelin thrower Louise Currey, Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman. (IAAF, 30 Mar 2015; smh.com.au, 23 Mar 2014; olympics.com.au, 26 Jun 2012)
Injuries Her shoulder kept dislocating during the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, People's Republic of China. She competed at the event but underwent shoulder surgery soon after. (kimmickle.com.au, 03 Feb 2016)

In early 2015 she was troubled by an Achilles tendon injury. (IAAF, 19 Mar 2015)

She pinched a nerve in her back during the qualifying round of the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Republic of Korea. In the final she changed her throwing style for the fourth attempt but ended up breaking a rib and tearing an abdominal muscle. (kimmickle.com.au, 24 Jun 2014; abc.net.au, 17 Feb 2012; northcoast.inmycommunity.com.au, 15 Nov 2011)

In 2010 she required surgery after breaking her thumb trying to catch a netball. (abc.net.au, 17 Feb 2012; perthnow.com.au, 17 Apr 2010)

In 2007 she suffered three stress fractures in her back. (kimmickle.com.au, 24 Jun 2014; Athletics Australia, 17 Dec 2007)

She suffered an elbow injury at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. She required two elbow reconstructions and was out of action for three years. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Apr 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She listens to heavy metal music before competing. (IAAF, 30 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Success is the journey, not the destination." (olympics.com.au, 26 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours She was named Female Athlete of the Year by Athletics Australia in 2013 and 2014. (smh.com.au, 23 Oct 2014; couriermail.com.au, 16 Nov 2013)

She was named Western Australian Institute of Sport [WAIS] Athlete of the Year in 2013 and 2014. (wais.org.au, 29 Oct 2014)

She was named 2013 Sports Star of the Year in Western Australia, Australia. (au.news.yahoo.com, 16 Dec 2013)
Other sports She has played football at state level in Australia. (news.com.au, 25 Jul 2012)
Famous relatives Her uncle Greg and cousin Jade have competed in ironman/ironwoman races at state level in Australia. (surflifesavingwa.com.au, 28 Feb 2014)
Ambitions To win a medal in javelin throw at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (abc.net.au, 15 Feb 2016)
Other information SPORT SWITCH
She has considered the possibility of playing Australian rules football in the inaugural national women's league due to begin in 2017. "I love footy. To even have people thinking about me potentially playing the game is really exciting. I'm a sportaholic. I'd like to play every sport if possible. My eyes are set on Rio first and foremost and beyond that who knows. I want to do Commonwealth Games 2018, but why not the double? We'll see." (au.news.yahoo.com, 13 May 2016)