Kathryn Mitchell

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Kathryn Mitchell
Personal information
Born (1982-07-10) 10 July 1982 (age 36)
Hamilton, Victoria
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight72 kg (159 lb)[1]
ClubEureka Athletics Club

Kathryn Mitchell (born 10 July 1982) is an Australian track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. She has represented her country at two Olympic Games, finishing ninth in 2012 and sixth in 2016. She won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a throw of 68.92 m, a Commonwealth Games, Australian and Oceanian record. It also ranks her seventh on the world all-time list.


Nicknamed Mitch,[1] Mitchell was born on 10 July 1982[1][2] in Hamilton, Victoria.[1] She calls Casterton her hometown but lives in Monte Carlo.[1][2][3] She went to Casterton Primary School before going to high school at Casterton Secondary College and Ballarat High School.[1] She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement [1] and is working on an advance degree in Nutritional Medicine.[1] She is a fitness services instructor[1][2] and health consultant.[1]


Mitchell competes in javelin.[1][2] As a fourteen-year-old, she started in the sport but did not begin to take the sport seriously until she was seventeen years old.[3] She took up the sport after her sister borrowed a javelin from school to practice with it for a school event.[3]

Mitchell was coached by Lindsay Burgoyne in high school.[3] At the start of high school, she broke the school record by 4 metres (13 ft).[3] She was coached by Eric Hollingsworth from 2003 to 2009.[1] Uwe Hohn has been her coach since 2010.[1][3] She trains at Olympic Park in Melbourne[2][4] and has a scholarship with the Victorian Institute of Sport.[2] She is a member of the Eureka Athletics Club.[1][2][3]

In 2006, Mitchell represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games, where she made the finals in the javelin, finishing sixth overall.[1] She finished first at the 2008 National Championships in Melbourne, Australia.[1] In 2010, she set a Victorian state record in the javelin.[1] At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she finished fifth.[1] Prior to competing in India, she spent four weeks training in Germany.[5] She finished second at the 2011 National Championships in Melbourne, Australia.[1] In January 2012, she competed at an Athletics Victoria inter-club meet, where she made a throw of 62.51 metres (205.1 ft).[4] While this distance would have qualified her for Olympics, the nature of the meet precluded it from counting.[4] She finished second at the 2012 National Championships in Melbourne, Australia [1] with a throw of 59.23 metres (194.3 ft), short of the Olympic A-Qualifying distance of 61 metres (200 ft).[4] She finished third at the 2012 Ostrava Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic.[1] At the event, she threw a personal best throw of 64.34 metres (211.1 ft).[1] In April, she finished second at the 2012 St. Wendel World Class Meeting in Germany.[1][4] She was selected to represent Australia in the javelin event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she qualified for the final in the women's javelin.[1][6] Before departing for London, she participated in a Germany-based training camp.[3] At the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016, she placed 6th in the javelin throw final, with an effort of 64.36m.

Mitchell competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing fourth, with a best throw 36 cm less than that of bronze medal winning compatriot Kelsey-Lee Roberts.[7] She improved on this performance at the 2018 Games, winning gold with a throw of 68.92m and setting a new Commonwealth Games record.[8]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 6th Javelin throw 55.22 m
2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 5th Javelin throw 54.25 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 9th Javelin throw 59.46 m
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 4th Javelin throw 62.59 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th Javelin throw 64.36 m
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 1st Javelin throw 68.92 m GR


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "London 2012 - Kathryn Mitchell". Australian Olympic Committee. 2012. Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) | Kathryn Mitchell". VIS. 1982-07-10. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sport Casterton's Kathryn Mitchell eyes London". Weekly Times Now. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  4. ^ a b c d e Whelan, Melanie (15 April 2012). "Olympic bid for Ballarat's Kathryn Mitchell — Local News — Sport — Athletics". The Courier. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  5. ^ Kathryn, By (7 July 2010). "Road to the Games: Kathryn Mitchell — Kathryn Mitchell Road to the Games". The Courier. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Javelin Throw Women". Olympics. Archived from the original on 18 November 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  7. ^ "2014 Commonwealth Games - Women's Javelin". www.g2014results.thecgf.com. 8 August 2014. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Kathryn Mitchell". Athlete profile. Gold Coast 2018. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.