Diener Top-ranked Canadian Masters Athletics’ weight thrower sets national record

Andrea Diener is throwing her weight around as a Canadian Masters Athletics’ record holder.

The St. Albert mother of four established the new W40 division indoor weight throw mark of 11.04 metres in her first competitive season since training for the 2005 World Masters Games in Edmonton.

Diener, 44, pulled off her personal best throw ever in competition at the Last Chance Meet hosted by Athletics Alberta in November at the Butterdome.

“It felt really good to be able to do that,” said the former student-athlete thrower with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. “It just goes to show I’m probably smarter and maybe in some ways fitter than I was when I was in my early 20s training even though I had maybe more strength back then.”

The latest W40 indoor weight throw rankings listed Diener first in Canada and second in the world.

The record-breaking toss was set on her sixth and last attempt after three fouls and successful efforts of 10.72 and 10.87 metres.

“I knew it was a good throw. It was further than the other ones so I was pretty happy. My anticipation was up there,” said the only masters’ athlete at the St. Albert Mustangs Track and Field Club.

Diener was trending in the right direction toward setting the record after landing a 12.24 metre throw in training a couple of weeks before the Last Chance Meet.

“I wouldn’t mind trying to beat my record a couple of times before I turn 45 because I go up an age group.”