”So that has been hard. It’s 18 months since I’ve seen him … it’s not unusual for us to be apart for chunks of time, but not this long. It is normally a couple of months and then we would meet up in Europe somewhere, but obviously that all got shut down and it has all gone on and on.
“I have been training by myself, the Victorian Institute of Sport have been amazing, my support team is based here so that has been great and keeping me going, but it has been hard with him over there and my mum has been quite ill as well the last 12 months.
“So it has been very difficult. But what do you do? These things happen. One of the hardest things, as an athlete, is you are used to being in control and these events happen and they are completely out of your control.”
Against that difficult backdrop, Mitchell this month won the national title with a throw of 62.78 metres, just short of the 64-metre entry standard, but she is expected to be on the team for Tokyo.
“It has been a challenging 12 months, two years for me personally, so it’s been good to get back out throwing and throwing good distances,” she said.