Julia Ratcliffe

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Julia Ratcliffe
Julia Ratcliffe PSG Canberra.JPG
Personal information
Nationality New Zealand
Born (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 21)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Residence Hamilton, New Zealand
Height 169 centimetres (5 ft 7 in)
Sport
Country  New Zealand
Sport Track and field athletics
Event(s) Hammer throw
Club Hamilton City Hawks
Coached by Dave Ratcliffe

Julia Ratcliffe (born 14 July 1993) is a track and field athlete who specialises in the hammer throw. She competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she won a silver medal.[1]

Ratcliffe attended Waikato Diocesan School for Girls,[2] and is currently studying at Princeton University. While at Princeton she broke the Ivy League record for the indoor 20 lb weight throw in her first competition with the implement. In her first outdoor competition she broke the Ivy League record in the hammer throw. In 2014 she was unbeaten in the NCAA, was the NCAA Division 1 Hammer Throw champion and was awarded the USTFCCCA Division 1 Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the year. In April 2014 she broke the New Zealand national record in the hammer throw with a distance of 70.28 m.

International results – Hammer[edit]

Year Event Location Place
2008 Pacific School Games Canberra 1st[3]
2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Sydney 1st[4]
2009 IAAF World Youth Championships Brixen 10th[5]
2010 Oceania Youth Championships Sydney 1st[6]
2010 Youth Olympic Games Singapore 11th[7]
2012 Bauhaus Junioren-Gala Mannheim 1st[8]
2012 IAAF World Junior Championships Barcelona 4th[9]
2013 World University Games Kazan 8th[10]
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2nd[1]

Records – Hammer[edit]

Year Record Distance
2008 Pacific School Games – Girls 15 years 46.90m[3][11]
2008 New Zealand Secondary Schools – Junior Girls 56.02m (3 kg)[12]
2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival 51.94m[4][13]
2010 New Zealand – Women Under 17 56.68m[14][15]
2010 Oceania – Youth 61.32m[15]
2011 New Zealand Secondary Schools – Senior Girls 57.67m[12]
2011 New Zealand – Women Under 18 62.28m[14][15]
2012 New Zealand – Women Under 19 64.21m[14]
2012 Oceania – Junior 67.00m
2013 New Zealand – Women Under 20 68.80m[14]
2014 New Zealand – Women 70.28m[14]
2014 Ivy League 70.28m[16]

Commonwealth best performances – Hammer[edit]

Year Best Performance Distance
2010 Commonwealth – Youth 61.32m[17]
2012 Commonwealth – Junior 67.00m[18]

Best Performance – 20lb Indoor Weight[edit]

Year Best Performance Meeting Distance
2014 New Zealand Indoor – Women Harvard-Yale-Princeton 19.78m[19]

Other sports[edit]

Julia played field hockey for Waikato Diocesan School, captained Waikato Hockey representative teams at three different age levels and was a member of the Waikato representative team that won the national under 14 tournament in 2005.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leggat, David (29 July 2014). "Commonwealth Games: Silver in shot put and hammer throw". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Geenty, Mark (29 July 2014). "Julia Ratcliffe wins silver in hammer throw". Waikato Times. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "2008 Pacific School Games Track & Field Results". Pacific School Games. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Julia Ratcliffe sets NZ W16 Hammer Record and Weekly Roundup". Athletics New Zealand. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "6th IAAF World Youth Championships – Women – Hammer Throw – Final". IAAF. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Oceania Under 18 Championships". Oceania Athletics. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Singapore and the First Youth Olympics". Athletics New Zealand. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bauhaus Junioren Gala 2012 in Mannheim". Leichtathletik. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "14th IAAF World Junior Championships – Women – Hammer Throw – Final Results". IAAF. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Women's Hammer Throw Final". FISU. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  11. ^ In 2008 the weight used for this age group was 4 kg. There have been no further competitions but it expected that the weight for this age will be 3 kg should further competitions be held.
  12. ^ a b "NZSSAA Records". NZSSAA. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  13. ^ In 2009 the weight used was 4 kg. In accordance with the IAAF the weight was changed to 3 kg in 2012.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Athletics New Zealand Records and Rankings". Athletics New Zealand. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c These performances were achieved with the designated weight for Youth age (Under 18) athletes at the time, which was 4 kg. It has subsequently been changed to 3 kg.
  16. ^ "Women's Track & Field Wins Four Events Highlighted by Ratcliffe's Record". 
  17. ^ "Hammer Throw – Women – Youth – Outdoor – All-time best". IAAF. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Hammer Throw – Women – Junior – Outdoor – All-time best". IAAF. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "TFRRS – Julia Ratcliffe". TFRRS. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 

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