The Tatura Fire Brigade junior running team competed at the Greater Midland’s Australia Day Championships at Maryborough on January 24 with great success.BOB NICOL February 12, 2014 4:25am
A total of 18 events were contested in the under-17 and under-14 age group, with nine in each division.
Teams from as far as Mildura, Stawell and Ararat were in attendance, but no team was a match for Tatura, who won 14 of these events and was placed in two others.
Brigade spokesperson Sandra Witham said the under-17s showed great skill and bettered three championship records on the day, one of which had been in existence since 2004.
‘‘The team was awarded the under-14 and under-17 aggregate and grand aggregate, which gave them overall Australia Day Champion Team,’’ she said.
Ms Witham said as part of the celebrations a competitor in each age group was awarded the Australia Day Medal based on points gained in each event they competed in.
‘‘This year the under-17 medal was presented to Tatura’s Billy Browning-Briese, and younger brother Harry was awarded the under-14 medal,’’ she said.
Coach Martin Rennie complimented the dedication of his team saying, ‘‘Tatura’s training has been in full swing in preparation for the state championships’’.
‘‘This competition gave us a good idea as to where we are at leading up to the state championships which are to be held at Swan Hill at the end of February.’’
The under-14 and under-17 divisions were held on Saturday, with the Senior Competition on Sunday.
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The Tatura Fire Brigade was due to host the Goulburn Valley championships at Tatura on Saturday and Sunday, however, the championships were called off Friday morning due to the anticipated 40°C temperature.
Friday’s Tatura race meeting went ahead despite the heat.
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