Amy Church copes with home pressure to win hammer

Isle of Wight Island Games

Isle of Wight's Amy Church admitted she found it tough to cope with the home pressure at this year's Island Games.

Church won hammer gold on Wednesday with a Games record of 48.55 metres.

But the 25-year-old told BBC Radio Solent she prefers to compete away from home: "It's easier going away, there is pressure at home.

"There are so many people supporting me here so it does add more pressure, but to win at home is special and it's a record so I'm happy."

The Hampshire-based athlete beat Gotland's Annie Hansson and Cornelia Hansson for the gold medal, with the duo throwing 42.36 and 42.03 respectively, and Church says she relishes the competition.

"You should never underestimate anyone, the standards are high in the hammer for women and I'm lucky to have the competition," she said.

"I'm very happy with the gold medal, it was a bit touch and go whether Gotland would've caught me, so I'm very happy with my throw today.

"It's close to my personal best (48.83) and it's definitely a season best, so hopefully I will throw 50 metres by the end of the season."